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BATTLE FOR BLOOD
Highland will have bragging rights for the next year as the community that led the township in Battle for Blood.
North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan said the real winners are those who will benefit from the blood drive.
“A total of 72 North Township residents gave the gift of life by donating a pint of blood during this annual effort,” Mrvan said. “We congratulate Highland residents, who donated 23 units of the 72 pints of blood that were donated.”
Munster was a close second with 22 donors, East Chicago was third with 13, Hammond 11 and Whiting six.
“We helped save as many as 216 lives,” Mrvan said. “I want to thank everyone who took the time to donate blood. Summer is a critical time for blood need, and too often, our blood banks run short. That has been the case this summer. The support of community organizations has helped ensure our hospitals have the blood they need when they need it.”
POLICE RAISE $2,106 FOR CANCER RESOURCE CENTER
Highland Police Department
3315 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322
Fax: (219) 972-5095
Highland PD’s five o’clock shadow helped raise $2,106 for cancer research. In all, 14 officers grew a beard during “No Shave November/December.” Another eight officers donated and helped raise funds for the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.
Officers who either raised or donated at least $50 were allowed to grow a neatly trimmed beard for the month. Officers who did not wish to grow a beard, but wanted to participate were given a wristband to wear instead.
Thanks to Sip Coffee House, Krooswyk Trucking and Mahoney’s Auto Repair and Towing for their monetary donations to the cause.
PRESENTATION ADDRESSES GROWING OPIOD CRISIS
Nearly 50 local residents came to Highland Police Department on a slushy day in January to talk about the growing opioid crisis and its impact on Lake County.
Hosted by the Tri-Town Partnership, which includes Highland, Griffith and Munster police departments, participants at the first-ever event also included the Lake County coroner, Lake County prosecutor, Recovery Works Merrillville and Big Book Legacy Group of Griffith.
Nationally, more than 22 million Americans are addicted to opioids, a family of drugs that includes heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, vicodin and morphine. Another 23 million are in recovery. The epidemic is an equal-opportunity killer, impacting all age groups and income levels in communities both large and small, rural and suburban.
As first responders, Highland, Griffith and Munster police carry narcan, the only known antidote to opioids, which have been effective in saving lives.
In 2017, Highland Police responded to 36 drug overdoses, administering narcan 13 times. For three individuals, no amount of narcan was able to reverse the deadly effects of the drug.
The department has taken the drug-interdiction effort one step further, joining forces to create a local PAARI – Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative. This service, facilitated by police, makes resources and assistance available for addicts and their families.