Blue Water Area Families Against Narcotics was founded in response to the overwhelming number of lives affected by prescription drug abuse, heroin, and methamphetamine in St. Clair County.


Throughout 2014, the local newspaper published multiple front-page articles referencing the scope and impact of the county's drug problem.  Yet, the community continued to search for answers.  Many were aware of the problem, but we needed a solution.  People yearned for answers.  They needed hope.  Seeing first hand the successes of the Fraser chapter, the co-founders began to meet weekly to discuss their ideas, hopes, and goals.  We reached out to the community, and the support received was overwhelmingly positive.  With the help of the Ingham County and Fraser chapters, Blue Water Area FAN began to come together.  In a matter of months, we were able to establish our executive and advisory boards.  Our public forum was officially launched on December 11th, 2014.

Our membership continues to grow, and includes parents and loved ones affected by abuse and addiction, concerned citizens, law enforcement, health professionals, and recovering addicts.  Through the use of guest speakers and personal stories, we aim to raise awareness and provide education.  Our monthly forum offers a support network for those affected by addiction.  Collaboratively, we seek to erase the stigma and educate our community about the new face of addiction.  


 2nd Thursday of the Month
Our Saviour Lutheran Church

7:00 PM

1029 6th Street

Port Huron, MI 48060

All are welcome to attend
(Children 10 and older please)


Charlene Burgett
President Term Exp 12/21

Charlene is employed at the Blue Water Habitat Restore in Port Huron. She majored in social work at St. Clair County Community College and was a founding member of the first Port Huron-area chapters of both Adult Children of Alcoholics and NarAnon. Active in the recovery community for more than 39 years, Charlene became involved with Families Against Narcotics in 2015. She has played a major role in facilitating the Hope Not Handcuffs (HNH) program in St. Clair County and is the coordinator for the Blue Water HNH Angels. Charlene teaches people how to properly administer naloxone (Narcan) and also trains Angel volunteers. 

Margaret Peltier
Vice President Term Exp 12/22

Margaret has been involved with FAN for 3 years. She is a member of the local NarAnon group and a trained Angel for Hope Not Handcuffs. Currently employed by Blue Water Transit as a driver, Margaret tries to educate people regarding substance abuse and makes every effort to erase the stigma of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). She makes referrals in the community when asked.

Patty Niro-McCoy
Treasurer (& Acting Secretary) Term Exp 12/22

Patty Niro-McCoy has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field for twelve years as a case manager and peer recovery supervisor with numerous certifications. With those years of service, Patty has seen numerous clients having legal involvement due to their addiction issues, as well as the destructive impact addiction has on the family unit and the community. She has also volunteered professionally in several organizations committed to addressing issues of domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse.


Brandi Gourlay
Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Brandi is a graduate of Algonac High School and graduated with honors in nursing from St. Clair Community College. The mother of three beautiful children, she is a certified Narcan trainer and is one of the many FAN members who launched Hope Not Handcuffs and assists in training volunteer Angels in the Blue Water area. Brandi has experienced firsthand the damage drugs and alcohol can do to a family, growing up with two parents in addiction and losing her sister to heroin at the age of 24. She wants you to know that there is hope. Families can and do recover. Brandi's brother has 8 years clean and has obtained a master's degree while in sobriety. Brandi believes in purpose behind her pain, and her mission is to help family members affected by addiction and educate the community. 

Armand Christensen
Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Bio coming soon.

Pastor Anthony Russell
Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Bio coming soon.

Diane Rumley
Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Bio coming soon.


Michael Reaves
Chief of Police Port Huron

Michael D.Wendling
St. Clair County Prosecutor

Hon. Cindy Platzer
District Judge
Tim Donellon
St. Clair County Sheriff Dept.
Tom Riley
St. Clair County Commissioner
Tom Seppo
Operation Transformation

Dale Voss       

Families Against Narcotics
18900 15 Mile Road

Clinton Township, MI 48035

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