Group of families in the Upper Peninsula fight narcotics

FAN is a group in Chippewa County that helps fight against narcotics abuse.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An Upper Peninsula group is using the strength of the community to fight against drug abuse.

The Chippewa County chapter of Families Against Narcotics started in 2013, it's main purpose is to combat opioid abuse.

Since then they have done things like purchase drug drop-off boxes, a drug incinerator and spread information to schools and community meetings.

This week they had a presentation from Katie Donovan, the vice president of FAN from Metro-Detroit, who talked about the importance of family in addiction recovery.

Lynn Farnquist of Chippewa County FAN said, "People need to realize this isn't a problem that they need to take on themselves or feel like they can fix themselves. They need to share and we need to all share information to do anything in our community that's really going to be effective."

FAN in Chippewa County has support group meetings the first and third Monday of each month and chapter meetings the third Thursday of each month at the Huntington Bank in Sault Ste. Marie.

The group is hosting its fifth annual Hogs for Hope Pig Roast fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m at the armory in Sault Ste. Marie.

Tickets are $10 a person and include dinner, music and an auction. Kids under six eat free.

To purchase tickets call (906) 635-1047.