Community continues efforts in combating opioid addiction
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Michigan is ranked 4th in the nation for overdose deaths.
Across northern Michigan, communities are fighting against opioid addiction, overdose and suicide.
On Thursday, advocates and community members met at the municipal marina in Manistee to discuss what can be done and the services that are available.
It was part of a collaboration and training, and providing support for families that have been affected by opioid addition and overdose deaths.
Several agencies joined including the Manistee County Human Services Collaborative Body (HSCB), the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) Be-Da-Bin Behavioral Health Department, the Manistee Substance Education and Awareness Coalition (Manistee SEA), Harm Reduction Michigan and the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coalition.
“We’re hoping to get more awareness out and more education so we stop that stigma that its someone in the back alley that’s going to die of an overdose,” said Dottie Batchelder, a chemical dependency counselor with LRBOI Be-Da-Bin Behavioral Health. "Many people die of an overdose just on prescription drugs, which they forgot they’ve taken them and they take to much or just the combination of different medication.”
Members of the community viewed the documentary film, "Predator & Prey: Opioids' Savage Effect On Our Community" Thursday night at the marina. The 20-minute video was created and produced by Traverse City East Middle School media students.
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