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Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Today:  an update on recent heroin overdose deaths in LaPorte County and some insight into the opioid addiction problem from Dr. Chris Johnson, chief medical officer of Pinnacle Treatment Centers.  The company operates the RecoveryWorks residential center in Merrillville.  Dr. Johnson says many times, the problem begins with efforts to deal with alcohol abuse.

An update from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Becca Costello on the effort to establish syringe exchange programs across the state.

Indiana state Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) asked his constituents for their views on some important pre-session issues and we bring you the results of the survey, one of four such survey results from northwest Indiana legislators that will be on Regionally Speaking this week.

And we talk with Mitch Matthews, the creator of "Big Dream Gatherings" events around the country -- one of which will be held in the Harre Union at Valparaiso University on February 28th.