Heroin:  Not a Problem, An Epidemic

Have you had the chance to watch this video put out by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department?  This is a powerful look at the growing problem in Porter County–and is something that every parent should watch.  It is even more powerful to watch it with your child.  Take the time to watch it today!

Published on Jul 21, 2015

“Heroin: Not A Problem, An Epidemic.” Overdose deaths from Heroin and other illegal drugs has reached epidemic proportions in Porter County. Moreover, the vast majority of inmates currently in Porter County Jail are there based on crimes directly related to substance abuse. From his vantage point on the front lines of this epidemic, Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds has seen first hand how heroin has destroyed the lives of so many families and has resolved to educate the public about this crisis. Sheriff Reynolds believes his number one responsibility is the protection of every citizen in Porter County, by helping to identify and arrest those responsible for bringing heroin into Porter County, but he also believes it’s his responsibility to educate parents and their children on the seriousness of this epidemic. This why the Porter County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with JBH Productions and the Porter County Substance Abuse Council to Produce this PSA; “Heroin: Not A Problem, An Epidemic.” With Heroin overdose deaths increasing every year, Porter County Indiana is suffering through a heroin epidemic. Produced with the help and assistant of; Porter County Sheriff David M. Reynolds, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office, the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, Lake County HIDTA, and the Community Action Drug Coalition of Porter County.

PTSC Standouts:


Have you heard about the Girls on the Run group at BGMS?  This is a great program building fitness, confidence, and helping young ladies set and meet goals.  I got to run with them last week!  Special shout out to my running buddy, Savannah Eckhardt!

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Check out our BGMS cheer team representing PTSC so well at the Popcorn Festival parade!  Both cheerleaders and the families worked hard on an impressive float–a float that was a winner for youth floats!  Outstanding work to all!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • September 16:  Online Day, BGHS and BGMS
  • October 14:  Online Day, BGHS and BGMS
  • October 21:  End of 1st Quarter
  • October 26:  Parent Teacher Conferences–30 minute early dismissal
  • October 27:  Parent Teacher Conferences–30 minute early dismissal
  • October 29:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 30:  No School, Fall Break
  • November 18:  Online Day, BGHS and BGMS
  • November 26:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21-January 1:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 15:  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs. If you are interested, please apply online. It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!
  1. Sharon says:

    Superintendent, What a great idea for you to post the heroin PSA, I would never have seen it otherwise. I have been somewhat aware of the problem because of Chicago talk radio, but it’s better to see what happens even closer to home. I am grateful my son and his friends in their late teens are totally against drugs right now. Thank you.

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