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Rachael Cooper - Tue Jun 21, 2011 @ 11:57PM
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Porter County is finally going to receive help from the Feds in our fight against drugs.  Porter County is now joining Lake County in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area of HIDTA.  This allows Federal, State, and County law enforcement to compare cases and work together in the fight against drugs.  Below is a link to the full article that was placed in the Post Tribune today.  

 

"This isn't a Lake County problem.  This isn't a Porter County Problem.  This is a Regional Problem"- Brian Gensel

 

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/porter/6065960-418/federal-drug-interdiction-agency-adds-porter-county.html

 

We need to wake up and pay attention to the Drug Problem in Porter County!

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Jon Davis - Tue Jun 14, 2011 @ 04:42PM
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From a study out of the University of Alberta:E-Cigarette breakdown. Picture source is linked below under "Review of Electronic Cigarettes" “The majority of the respondents indicated that their general health, smoker’s cough, ability to exercise, sense of smell and sense of taste were better since starting to use e-cigarettes and none indicated that these were worse when responding to these five questions.”


I first heard about this smoking cessation device when a friend of mine had completely given up cigarettes in lieu of the electronic cigarette. 82% of the people in the above study, like my friend, were able to entirely forego cigarettes as a result.

 

The typical electronic cigarette uses heat to vaporize a refillable nicotine solution. The vapor recreates the sensation of smoking. However, there is no tobacco or actual smoke or all the other dozens of chemicals in a cigarette. Also, they come in a variety of flavors, including for those who really want to recreate the sensation of smoking tobacco flavored solutions.

 

A variety of sites offer starter kits, which are ultimately much cheaper than a constant supply of cigarettes. A starter kit goes for about $35 and lasts a week, according to one source who was admittedly a heavy smoker, but then the refills she purchased came in packs of 5 for $15 that also last a week each. Compared to a pack of cigarettes which can go for about $5 or 6 and many smokers can burn through in a day or less.

 

Study out of the University of Alberta about E-cigarettes

FDA analysis of electronic cigarettes

Review of electronic cigarettes (Source of above picture)

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Rachael Cooper - Tue May 31, 2011 @ 04:34PM
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Come down to Uptown Cafe of Wednesday June 8th to check out local band stop.drop.rewind. as they host our Open Mic Night!  They are on a summer tour with the bands Vultress and Anywhere Everywhere so everyone will get to see all three bands perform.  We are excited that the guys have been kind enough to fit us into their schedule and it is going to be an amazing show.  As always, it will be free for any other performers who would like to share the mic. The cost at the door for the public is $3 or $2 with any student ID and all proceeds go to Stop the Hush.  Show runs from 7-10pm at Uptown Cafe on Lincolnway.  Check out the bands at the links below and we'll see everyone at 7pm on June 8th!    

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stop.drop.rewind.

 

 

Vultress

 

Anywhere Everywhere

 

 

 

 

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Jon Davis - Sun May 15, 2011 @ 06:44PM
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"The thing is, heroin gets you addicted to heroin. But opium is 40 to 50 different alkaloids, meaning 40 to 50 different drugs I was becoming addicted to." (See the last link below)

Opium is a substance found in poppy seeds. In its processed forms, it is used to make morphine and Opium Plant, taken from Wikipediaheroin. It has been used by humans all the way back to the Stone Age. Traditionally, it has been associated with religious rituals and more commonly for medicinal purposes as a pain killer.

Widespread abuse began in China in the 15th century. Its use in China was largely responsible for the aptly named Opium Wars. Medicinally, it was used until about the American Civil war when morphine began to replace it.

It is addictive. As an abused substance, it is used to create a sense of relaxation and euphoria. In its base form it is not as harmful as its processed forms, but can still cause nausea and in the case of overdose can result in coma or even death.

To read detailed information about it, including its history, affects on the body, and a description of the plant itself, check out these links:

Drugs.com - Mostly focuses on its association with heroin and the effects of that.

Opioids.com - This link gives a very detailed description of the plant.

Wikipedia - Of course, this gives a great overview of the whole topic. Particularly of note is the history portion. The whole article also has 100+ references for further research.

US Drug Enforcement Administration - Basic information on its use in the Unite States.

Confessions of an eBay Opium Addict - An abuser's powerful account of his time spent using opiates.

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Rachael Cooper - Thu May 12, 2011 @ 11:06AM
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Here at Stop the Hush we are not usually fond of random plugs but this is really incredible.  If you go to the Fifth Third Bank on Washington and Lincolnway and open a new checking account, the bank will donate $50 to Stop the Hush for every account opened!  All that is required is a $25 initial deposit.  If you're in need of a bank or even a new bank check this out and mention our name!  

 

 

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Rachael Cooper - Tue May 03, 2011 @ 09:14AM
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Valparaiso and Porter County Police were able to collect more than 150 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs from the community this past Saturday.  The police hosted a drop off at the station for four hours on U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  In that short amount of time over four large boxes of pills were collected!  

Unwanted prescriptions may be dropped off 24 hours a day at Valparaiso Police Department, Portage Police Department, Hebron Police Department, and Kouts Police Department.  Other departments in the area are working diligently to implement similar drop off stations. 

take your extra pills to the pill drop off, Lock them away...

 

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Rachael Cooper - Mon May 02, 2011 @ 05:38PM
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According to The Post Tribune, 9 freshmen students at Valparaiso High School have been arrested for the use and handling of prescription pills at school.  Some fellow students reported that this could be a possibility and the students were caught.  Four students were charged with dealing and are being detained at the Juvenile Detention Center and the other five were placed on Juvenile Probation for being in possession of an illegal substance.  

These youth have barely started to have their high school experience and now they may never get that chance and for what?  These nine youth are going to have trouble getting their first job, getting their drivers license, even just going out with their friends.  They are going to have a hard time for a long time to come and all for a high that would not even last the day.  

Below is a link to the article:

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/state-and-regional/indiana/article_49eba56e-45ec-5894-ae53-bb087d798243.html

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Jon Davis - Mon Apr 25, 2011 @ 08:44PM
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"One of the things I had to do in my life was to get humble," [Collins] said. "I had to admit that I can't control alcohol. I got to the point where I knew that alcohol would eventually kill me or I would end up in jail." (From “A Sobering Story” linked below).

Kerry Collins was the first player ever drafted by the new expansion team, the Carolina PantherPicture from Profootball.Scout.Coms, in 1995 and was flouted as the face of the franchise. Defying odds for expansion teams they actually won games. By the 2nd year of both Collins and his team’s careers, they were in the championship game. After losing in the championship, Collins promised the fans that the Panthers were the future of the NFL and that there would be Super Bowls on the horizon.

However, already an infamous partier from his college days, and virtually handed the keys to Charlotte, his alcoholism got out of control. He publically started the downhill slide when in a drunken state he made racial slurs at several team mates that resulted in a physical confrontation. In the following year, after only four games he told his coach his heart was no longer in the game and wished to be released.  On November 2, 1998, he was arrested for drunk driving.

For the 1999 season, the New York Giants signed him. However, he knew he had to get his act together and enrolled himself in rehab. In 2000, now sober and at his peak years, he led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV.

With a reputation to overcome and his best years behind him though, he has since bounced from several teams, but almost always seems to end up the starting quarterback each time and even went to the Pro Bowl in 2008. Having overcome his problem and currently still playing at the age of 38, sports fans have to wonder how different his career may have been and what would have been the new history of the new team if its leader had not been burdened by alcoholism.

Read more about his story:

A Sobering Story

Collins disaster could Help Cam Newton

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Rachael Cooper - Wed Apr 20, 2011 @ 10:40AM
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For the past couple years, there has been a study conducted to see exactly what kind of drug use we have going on in Porter County.  In August 2010, The Consumption and Consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs in Porter County: A Local Epidemiological Profile was released by the Community Research and Service Center at Valparaiso University.  Here are some of the statistics that I have pulled from this profile:

71% of High School seniors have consumed Alcohol in the PAST YEAR

42% of High School seniors have used Marijuana in the PAST YEAR

4.1% of High School seniors have used Heroin in their lifetime

12% of High School seniors have used Amphetamines (Speed) in the PAST YEAR

13% of High School seniors have used Cocaine in the PAST YEAR

 

Still don't think that there is a problem?  

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Rachael Cooper - Wed Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:24PM
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Special thanks goes out to Valpolife.com and Portagelife.com for featuring Stop the Hush in an article on their site!  Visit both sites for news about what is going on in the area and to find a full list of events happening in the region! 

 

Click the logo below to see the article on both sites!

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