Our Story

Families Against Narcotics (FAN) was born out of a town hall meeting held in 2007 - a result of two teen heroin overdoses just weeks apart in the small, middle-class suburban community of Fraser, Michigan. All told, that community suffered 30 overdoses that year. All to heroin. Needing to do something, this determined organization set out to recruit members and educate the public.
 
A small church in Fraser, Christ United Methodist Church, opened its heart and doors to us. Close to 100 people filled the basement that first night, including grieving families, law enforcement, religious leaders, concerned citizens and several young people working on their own recovery programs. All were angry. All had questions. How is this happening in our community? Why are these good kids from good families using heroin? How do we stop it? Many good questions, few good answers.
 
But even in the despair, some offered hope. A couple of the young addicts in the room stood up and said, "Let us talk to the students. Maybe, just maybe, they'll listen to us." And with that hope, our fledgling organization sprouted wings and took to the community. Within a month, FAN was speaking to every student in Fraser High School. Young people in recovery, parents who lost loved ones, real people sharing real stories. And we haven't stopped sharing our stories since.
Months later, as the stories behind the overdoses began to unfold, we learned that most of these young people started with prescription painkillers - Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet. All opiate-based medications, just like heroin.
 
Over the past few years, we have heard hundreds of stories like these, in communities across the state. Good kids from good families, all with hopes and dreams. Some continue their daily fight to stay clean, while others have yet to find the strength. Sadly, too many have lost the battle.
 
 
 
 
 
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