Updated: September 9, 2013 2:42PM
If someone came to you with a substance abuse problem, would you know where to go or whom to contact to get help?
A good place to begin would be by clicking on frontlinefoundations.com, or calling 728-1638. There will be information to lead you to the right place, even for depression and suicide prevention.
In 2012, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris noted in his coroner’s report, “I really hope people realize that we have one drug-related death a week in Porter County.”
What is even more disturbing is that, this year, there have been more than a dozen opiate-related deaths already, when all of last year there were nine. It’s not the most fun thing to write or read about, but it is definitely a battle we all must help fight.
That is exactly what Frontline and many others in our county are trying to do, so do take it seriously if you are aware of anyone in need of special help, please.
Last week we had the opportunity to try out the new Emergency Room staff at Porter Hospital — not by choice! All I can say is that the doctors, nurses, aides and everyone we came in contact with were superb.
The staff in the ER were so thorough in their treatment and tests, it put us at ease knowing everything was being taken care of. And the nursing staff and nurses aides on the floors are so pleasant, attuned to their patients, and ready to assist in any way, it felt more like a “hotel” than a hospital — except, of course, for the IVs, needles and meds.
The only trouble was, when I brought Barney home, he expected to get the same treatment here. Boy, was he in for a surprise!
A sincere thank you to all of the kind and caring men and women we were fortunate to have — you are my pet persons of the week.
What a truly awesome pleasure it is for one of our Special Olympics athletes (Amanda Lines this year) and me to be invited to the Special Kids Special Needs golf outing each year.
Would you believe that this was the 38th year for that very special event, and that there hasn’t been a year that Porter County Special Olympics wasn’t one of the groups gifted by this really neat group?
As you know, Special Olympics is not funded by anyone but our fundraisers and caring people and groups.
The number of sports and athletes continues to grow each year, so it is a constant prayer that enough funds are raised to keep this quality program going. Those prayers have been answered each year by this golf outing started many years ago by Dave Lippens and Fred McNulty.
The number of “same volunteers” each year make it extra-special to us, and you are also a No. 1 pet persons bunch! Thank you from every one of our 550 athletes, 30 coaches, and hundreds of volunteers and families.
The weather has been exceptionally kind to the county fairs this year, and I’m sure the number of people enjoying them will be more than usual.
Aside from all the neat 4H animals, homemade goodies and clothing, all the midway food vendors and rides, the grandstand shows, I love going because I always see someone I haven’t seen for months.
The fun of all the freebies was great for this cheapskate too. If you make a trip to the Lake County Fair, make sure to watch and cheer the pig races. If that doesn’t make you laugh out loud, nothing will.
Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.