The Porter County Substance Abuse Council announced that they are providing matching grant dollars, up to $15,000 total, for all Porter County school corporations. These dollars are available for schools with random drug testing policies in place. Council Chair Paula Dranger noted the need for efforts within the community to work together to fight substance abuse. Superintendent Gardin, East Porter Schools, said that their schools randomly test grades 7-12 and that the additional dollars will help his funding. Superintendent Schmidt, Porter Township Schools, stated that the program will help in her schools as well.
Random drug testing in the schools is one method of fighting the temptation students have to experiment with drugs. Superintendent Frataccia noted that randomly testing students gives the students a legitimate excuse to not do drugs rather than just saying no.
Council members from the Health Department, Valparaiso Police Department and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County were in attendance at the conference.
Dedicated to working for a drug-free Porter County, the Substance Abuse Council is the county’s founding coalition working together to battle substance abuse. Dedicated to working for a drug-free Porter County, the Substance Abuse Council is a coalition of treatment facilities, education providers, members of the justice community and concerned citizens. A member of the Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana, the Council has been providing funding to community resources for over twenty years.