Add Your Lost One to a Nat’l Map to put Michigan’s Faces to Numbers – PLEASE SHARE

Celebrate Lost Loved Ones

Celebrating Lost Loved Ones to the Opioid Epidemic

Please take a moment and add your lost loved one to this map that’s going to be show-cased at a National Convention in July. It is vital that UFAM floods this map with the pictures of our loss.  We must put faces to the numbers.

“The rise in deaths due to prescription drugs and heroin is alarming. Often times society may have a perception of who this is. The fact is they are everyday people we love, everywhere. Click the ‘Contribute Lost Loved One‘ to add a loved one.”

 

Unite to Face Addiction – Michigan – Save a Life With Naloxone Training!

Be the Voice of Change

Thursday, May 18th a few thousand people will gather on the lawn at the Michigan State Capital Building for the Unite to Face Addiction 2nd Annual Rally & Advocacy Day. And with a slogan like, “Be the Voice of Change,” and opening remarks from Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley,  it promises to  pack a triple punch of entertainment, education and advocacy.

One of the special events at the Rally will be free Naloxone training in the Resource tent on the North lawn.  And three educators: Dr. Michael Mullins; instructor Jeannie Richards of Brian’s Hope; and instructor Kathy Redding of Capital Area Project VOX will conduct the training. Training is at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM and you can register before the event.

The no needle, auto-injection products were graciously donated by Kaleo Pharmaceuticals and Adapt Pharma.  And each participant will leave with two auto injector naloxone or two Narcan nasal spray products.  And clear instructions on how to use them and save a life.

Naloxone Training

Opioid overdoses have become a national epidemic and they are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Michigan. Opioid overdoses happen when there are so many opioids or a combination of opioids and other drugs in the body, that a person becomes unresponsive to stimulation or is unable to breath. The kits pictured below could save the life of someone who has overdosed. And Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses if administered quickly.   Instructor Kathy Reddington says, “I’m not sticking to a strict schedule and I will train stragglers until 1:00. If any one comes to the Resource Tent who has not registered, I’ll train them. It is really important that these kits get into the community, there are programs for high schools and police stations in the area. And UFAM is a great opportunity for us to educate a large audience.”      

Register

The training will take place in the Resource Tent on the North Lawn during the Rally on May 18th.

Visit the Opioid Prevention & Training Page.

     

Strength In Unity

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 Michigan Stands United To Face Addiction

Michigan is not alone in the loss of lives to opioids and other substances of abuse. In 2014 alone over 47,000 have died of drug overdose nationwide. Michigan ranks number 18 in deaths from overdose with over 1,700 lost in 2014 and 10th in per capita prescribing rates. Until we eliminate the stigma associated with addiction, including all substances of abuse, people will continue to be afraid to seek treatment. Continue reading “Strength In Unity”