For the first time, the annual Chris Voiers Bath City Memorial 5K Walk/Run in Mount Clemens will charge a fee to runners so proceeds can help battle drug abuse.
Heroin abuse has quadrupled in the past decade. Most addicts are introduced to heroin through prescription pain pills, and doctors now write more than 200 million opiate prescriptions each year.
More local police officers will soon have access to Narcan, a drug that can save people from an overdose. It's thanks to a $19,000 donation to the Mason Capital Area Prescription Drug Task Force.
Narcan is crucial to stopping the heroin epidemic in Mid-Michigan. Ingham County alone had at least 13 overdose deaths this year.
Drug court officials at a local district court have been invited to give a presentation this week at the annual conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
A coalition aimed at tacking substance abuse and the stigmas it casts on the Arab American community kicked off on a powerful note on Tuesday, May 10.
"Lt. Governor Brian Calley, chairman of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, speaks Tuesday at a community conference about the opioid-abuse epidemic at the Macomb Intermediate School District in Clinton Township, sponsored by Operation Rx. "
Paula Tutman sat down with a former addict to talk about how, and why, it works.
"As Charlie Powers scanned the crowd of more than 75 people seated before him, he could sense the same pain in them that he carries within himself every day.
It started with pain medication prescribed by a doctor.
Leaders across mid-Michigan took a stand today on an issue impacting all of greater Lansing, opioids.
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