benzie & manistee
In response to the opioid epidemic, the first chapter of Families Against Narcotics was founded in 2007 in Fraser, Michigan. There are now 22 FAN chapters across Michigan, 1 in North Carolina, and several more in the process of being formed. Michigan ranks in the top third of the country for drug-related deaths. Rural areas such as Benzie and Manistee counties have been hit hard by the opioid crisis, and Manistee is in the top 20 counties in Michigan for overdose deaths.*
In February of 2020, a group of concerned community members met and formed the Benzie/Manistee chapter of FAN. Our board consists of people in recovery, law enforcement, concerned citizens, community leaders, health professionals, parents, family members who have a loved one dealing with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and family members grieving the loss of a loved one.
The Benzie/Manistee FAN chapter is passionate about making a difference in our communities. Our monthly educational forums will include guest speakers and powerful personal stories from individuals who have been impacted by addiction. All are welcome to attend our monthly forums. We are dedicated to supporting families, reducing stigma, raising awareness, and educating the public--especially youth, parents, doctors, law enforcement, and judges--about SUD, the drug epidemic, illegal narcotics, and especially RX painkillers.
*Opioid Addiction: Meeting the Need for Treatment in Michigan; University of Michigan – Poverty Solutions 4/19.)
2nd Wednesday of the Month
Manistee County Road Commission
8946 Chippewa Hwy.
Bear Lake, MI 49614
All are welcome to attend
(Children 10 and older please)