• Dan Palmer


Updated: Jun 2, 2020

It’s very clear to me that opioid addiction is an epidemic in this country.

I know multiple families in our community that lost their children to accidental overdoses. To educate myself more about this subject, I sought out a local support group, Families Against Narcotics (FAN), and began attending this group’s monthly educational meetings. I was trained on the proper use of Narcan, which is used to bring people back from overdoses. I also learned that just sending addicts to jail does not solve the problem of their addiction; instead, it is treatment and local government oversight that is the best answer.

On Friday, May 29, I organized a town hall meeting on the subject of opioid addiction. Phil Pavona came from Ingham County’s FAN Chapter to present extremely informative testimony regarding the death of his own son to an accidental heroin overdose. He provided heartfelt advice to others on how to recognize and deal with the problem in hopes that they might avoid the horrible tragedy of the death of a child. This town hall was recorded by the Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods and played on its YouTube Channel. The link to that town hall meeting can be found here (insert hyperlink here), and I urge you to watch it.

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