The Lapeer FAN Chapter was founded in response to a growing heroin problem in Lapeer County. Prosecuting Attorney Byron Konschuh began a Heroin Task Force with community professionals and community members to try to stem the growing drug problem. Through this activity Byron was introduced to the Macomb FAN group. A few of the Macomb FAN members came to Lapeer in November 2011 to discuss the possibility of Lapeer becoming the first chapter. At the end of that meeting the attendees were asked if anyone would take a leadership role and Lapeer held their first meeting the very next month, December 2011. Our membership is growing slowly and includes parents affected by abuse and addiction, concerned citizens, law enforcement, school administrators, health professionals, and recovering addicts.
We work together to educate communities throughout Lapeer County on the specific dangers of abusing prescription opiate-base painkillers and to bring awareness of the growing heroin problem in our neighbors.
|CHAPTER EXECUTIVE BOARD|
Chapter President, Peggy Patten
I became involved with the Lapeer branch of Families Against Narcotics as my son, Alex is a recovering heroin addict. Despite my 25 years working in the criminal justice system I was ignorant to so much relating to addiction. When my family learned of Alex's addiction I was not at all prepared to respond to the crisis that now faced our family. Through my involvement with FAN I have been able to educate myself and others about addiction. I also wanted to be a part of educating other parents and the community to true face of addiction as opposed to how addicts are portrayed by the media and the movies. Not only has my involvement with FAN been a life saver for my family, I feel I am better able to assist the families I encounter through my work that are struggling with their addiction or that of their loved one. Lastly, I believe in the restoration of the addict to the community, which is also one of the goals of FAN. Our loved ones who are in recovery need and deserve our support.
Chapter Executive Director, Tina Dinnan
Tina is a founding member of the Lapeer Chapter of FAN. Her son, Mitch, passed away from a prescription drug overdose in 2009. Before joining FAN she was doing drug awareness presentations in schools, churches, anywhere she could get an audience. Her passion now is to raise awareness so others do not experience the devastation that drugs bring. When she heard that the Lapeer Prosecuting Attorney was starting a Heroin Task Force, she called him to join which resulted in her association with the FAN organization. She has 35 years experience in the automotive industry.
Chapter Executive Secretary, Cheri Pfeiffer
I became involved with Families Against Narcotics after struggling in silence for 4 years, as my son battled to recover from heroin addiction. When I came to the realization that I could not control or cure his disease, I began the process of healing. Educating myself on the disease of addiction has changed the way I communicate with, and view my son. In reaching out to the community through FAN, I hope to help raise awareness about this disease and change the way our society views addiction. These are our children and loved ones, who came from good homes and deserve to be given every resource available to recover from their disease. I bring with me to FAN, 25 years of business management experience and the desire to see change.
|Chapter Executive Treasurer, Tim Brady
Tim and his wife Karen joined FAN and Families Anonymous in 2011 after many years of struggling with an addicted daughter. Nothing can prepare you for the chaos when faced with the addiction of a loved one. These groups gave us the education we needed to improve our lives and assured us that we were not alone. When recovering addicts come to FAN meetings and tell their story of addiction and what helped them overcome their demons, you gain perspective of the disease and you gain hope. By working on our recovery as well, it helps your addicted loved one learn boundaries. Education within the community is essential to overcome the struggles of addiction.
Chapter Director, Alicia Kelley, RN
Chapter Director, Jeff Bishop
I was introduced to FAN after the loss of my daughter to drug addiction. Growing up, drugs and alcohol were common in our house. I have seen firsthand how cocaine can rip a family apart and steal good jobs and homes from a once loving and caring home (my Sister). I have seen how heroin addiction led to federal crimes which resulted in a long prison term and what prison can do to a person (my Brother). I have lost friends to overdose and I have lost another brother to a dirty needle. A brother who slid into heroin after an accident and his Oxycontin prescription ran out. After losing his job, he became a heroin dealer. Personally, I have been drug free for over 20 years. I'd like to share a message of hope and encouragement for those still suffering from addiction and a message of warning for those abusing drugs. I would also like to help educate our youth and prevent substance abuse by reducing the number of future addict.
Chapter Director, Angie Woidan
Chapter Director, Debbie Francis
My involvement with Families Against Narcotics stems from my family's personal struggles with addiction as my son, Eric has been an addict for the past 6 years. On the onset of his disease there was nowhere for me to turn and very little has changed since! By going public and reaching out to anyone that would listen I learned I was not alone and that heroin and prescription drug abuse was an enormous problem in our community as well as across the nation. By becoming involved with FAN I am determined to bring about change, not only for the Addicts but for the families too.
Addiction does not stop with the addict or even with the family of an addict! Addiction effects the entire community and we need to come together to address this issue.
Chapter Advisory Board, Byron Konschuh, Circuit Court Judge
Bryon has been a leader in the Lapeer area since the 1980's; starting in private law practice in 1985 and moving into the Prosecuting Attorney area as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in 1988, promoted to Chief Assistant in 1992 and has been Chief PA since 2000. He was appointed the position of Circuit Court Judge in 2013. Adding to his already impressive list of "Prosecutor and Crime Fighter of the Year awards" - Byron was named "Lapeer County Chamber of Commerce - Citizen of the Year for 2011 - in part because of his stand on dealing with the Opiate problem in the Lapeer area.
Sue Clement, LPC
Lapeer County Community Mental Health.
Lapeer County Assistant Prosecutor
Lapeer East High School
Speaker for Recovery, FAN
Lapeer Alcohol and Drug Screening (LADS)
Lapeer County Sheriff's Department
Pastor Lisa Saliga
Faith Christian Fellowship Church
State Representative, Michigan
Attorney at Law