Mark Your Calendar: Inaugural meeting of local “Families Against Narcotics” is Nov. 12

 

The opioid “epidemic,” now the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history, has been fatal for tens of thousands of people in the USA, and if unchecked is predicted to cause hundreds of thousands more fatalities in the coming decade.

Locally, according to Washtenaw County health department data, from January 2018 to May 2018 alone, there were an average of 55 opioid poisonings in Washtenaw County each month – and 35 fatalities within this short period of time – 35 deaths too many. More important than the statistics are the real stories of real people – stories of lives lost, and the individuals and families devastated by the disease of substance addiction and struggling to find hope.

From despair comes a ray of hope – Families Against Narcotics (FAN) brings communities together to prevent and eradicate addiction by raising awareness, offering support and reducing the stigma that prevents people from seeking help and keeps communities from uniting to find a solution. FAN was born out of a town hall meeting held in Fraser, Michigan in 2007 following two teen heroin overdoses.

Since then more than 20 FAN chapters have been founded throughout Michigan – but until now, there were no chapters in Washtenaw County.

The facts:

When: Monday, Nov. 12, 2018; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monthly meetings will follow.
Where: Auditorium of “242 Church,” located at 648 South Wagner Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Contacts:  For more information, contact Mario Nanos at washtenaw@familiesagainstnarcotics.org or by calling 734 210 9739.

 

 

 

 

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