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Friday, October 3, 2014

Meeting planned to try and slow down misues of prescription drugs



Box: Register at link below for “Be the solution” conference

By JERRY WOLFFE

Pontiac -- Efforts to lessen substance abuse are under way at communities across Oakland County in recognition of October being National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. 

The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority, Oakland County Health Department Office of Substance Abuse Services, 15 prevention coalitions, community leaders, Oakland University Department of Criminal Justice, and students will join together from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Oakland University, in Banquet Room A of the Oakland Center, to become part of the solution.

The keynote speaker will be Judge Linda Davis, founder and president of Families Against Narcotics. Special guest Dr. Darren Lubbers, of Wayne State University and evaluator for the ACHC, will also give a presentation. Together, they will address the efforts to decrease opiate misuse that is crucial to a healthy Oakland County.  

All participants will receive the Be the Solution Toolkit, developed by the ACHC Opiate Prevention Task Force, and filled with essential information parents, grandparents, and caregivers need to know about preventing youth prescription drug misuse.


Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, founded in 2004, is a 15 coalition prevention partnership based in Oakland County and part of Southeastern Michigan. The ACHC promotes a healthier Oakland County through prevention, recovery and support by strengthening collaboration among community partners and mobilizing community wide efforts.

Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, founded in 2004, is a 15 coalition prevention partnership based in Oakland County and part of Southeastern Michigan. The ACHC promotes a healthier Oakland County through prevention, recovery and support by strengthening collaboration among community partners and mobilizing community wide efforts.

Jerry Wolffe is the writer-in-residence, advocate-at-large of the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center. He can be reached at 586 677-9504.


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