| Congressman Sander Levin Joined by Royal Oak Community Coalition to Promote Safe Rx Drug Disposal
With the rise of prescription drug abuse showing no sign of slowing down, Congressman Sander Levin joined Mayor Jim Ellison, Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue, city school Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin and Diane Dovico of the Royal Oak Community Coalition in Royal Oak on April 8, 2015, to urge people to turn in prescription drugs they no longer need.
"The abuse of prescription drugs has now become the fastest growing drug problem in the country," Levin said. "It's important (prescription drugs) be disposed of in the right way."
The Royal Oak Community Coalition will host a drug take-back event, Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royal Oak Police Department.
Greater West Bloomfield Coalition Talks to the Chaldean News About the Growing Heroin Problem
Michael Patton, the West Bloomfield Police chief, cited the need for effective treatment. "There has to be reasonable and accessible substance abuse programs that people can enroll themselves in," he said. "Sometimes the best thing to happen is a judge holding up a big anvil and getting addicts going down the right path to get their health back. But the best way to solve this is through prevention."
That is what groups like the Greater West Bloomfield Coalition strive for. "Talk to your children, attend meetings and forums," said Executive Director Lisa Berkey. "Heroin is everywhere, and parents have to be 10 steps ahead of their kids. With the Internet, they are so much smarter than we were." Read entire article here
The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities
Publishes 2014 Annual Report
|Parents call recent drug overdoses from heroin and other illegal drugs an 'epidemic' WXYZ Channel 7 News
On April 13, 2015, people from Waterford and surrounding areas impacted by heroin and other drugs came to the ACHC Oakland County Families Against Narcotics meeting for a candlelight vigil. They discussed the cause and effect of a growing number of young people becoming addicted to drugs.
Watch the full report here
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Upcoming training sessions:April 18 and May 16, 2015
Birmingham Public Schools Admin & Education Building from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
To register, contact Leanne McKenzie
at the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition
Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Genisys Credit Union, and the
Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC)
Announce the Expansion of Operation Medicine Cabinet™
WHEN: EARTH DAY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting and Prescription Drug Collection
WHERE: Oakland County Sheriff's Office Pontiac Substation
110 West Pike Street, Pontiac 48342
Birmingham Bloomfield YAB CHOICES 2015 - Youth-led Dialogue Day
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: The First Presbyterian Church Birmingham
1669 West Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009
Back by popular demand, we are bringing the live court sessions to this event to demonstrate the very real-life, harsh consequences that come with the impulsive decisions some of us make to use drugs and alcohol.
Parents and other community adults are also encouraged and welcome to take part in this important event, but must pre-register by emailing: Kelly Michaud
Third Annual North Oakland Community Coalition
Check our events calendar
for details about topics and speakers presented at the
monthly FAN meetings
If you can not make it to one of the ACHC Oakland County FAN meetings, here are additional resources for finding help within Oakland County:
Meetings held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Waterford Christian Association (WCA)
1585 Crescent Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48327
Freedom in Recovery - Free group counseling sessions
Presented by Tina Marie Dequin, MSW, CAADC
Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for addicts in recovery
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. for families and friends of addicts
New Hudson Methodist Church
56730 Grand River Ave., New Hudson, MI 48165
Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities
1075 Featherstone Pontiac, MI 48342