Substance Use Dependency is NOT a moral failure...

Substance Use Dependency is NOT a moral failure...

You Are Not Alone Learn the Signs and Symptoms

CLICK HERE to watch the Photovoice project from our YOUTH

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E-Cigarettes ~ Vaping ~ ENDS = Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems                                                                                                                                                                                               brought to you by MacDonald Garber Broadcasting

Public Service Announcement 2023


ANNCR: You’ve probably read the list of ingredients on your cereal box or soda can… but how about your E-Cigarette? Use of E-Cigarettes doesn’t only put you at risk of a nicotine addiction. According to the CDC, it could expose you to the same cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke… like formaldehyde. And even toxic metals, like lead and nickel. What’s more … teens who vape are actually more likely to start smoking cigarettes, according to Truth Initiative. The smartest choice is a lifestyle free from all smoking, including E-Cigarettes. Funding provided by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity.

“3 Strikes”

ANNCR: The dangers of E-Cigarettes may not be fully known just yet, but one thing is for sure. They are definitely not safe. For one thing, E-Cigarettes contain nicotine – the same addictive chemical found in cigarettes. Second, they could expose you to the same cancer-causing chemicals as cigarette smoke – like formaldehyde. And third, because of their unique aerosol delivery, E-Cigarettes can deliver toxic metals, like lead and nickel, deep into your respiratory system. 3 strikes and you’re out E-Cigarettes. Information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control, with funding provided by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity.

YOUTH SPEAK-Prevent Vaping Project

CLICK the link above to see what youth think about vaping.  

Photovoice is a participatory action research method that employs photography and group dialogue as a means for marginalized individuals to deepen their understanding of a community issue or concern. The visual images and accompanying stories are the tools used to reach policy- and decision-makers.  The Drug Free Northern Michigan Coalition Alliance mission is to increase public awareness of the risks and potential harm associated with misuse of substances in Northern Michigan.  

In collaboration with Harm Reduction Michigan you will begin to see many Naloxone Distribution boxes throughout our 21 County region.  

  • What Is Naloxone?

    Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. Administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose, naloxone is a temporary treatment and its effects do not last long. Therefore, it is critical to obtain medical intervention as soon as possible after administering/receiving naloxone.  The medication can be given by intranasal spray (into the nose), intramuscular (into the muscle), subcutaneous (under the skin), or intravenous injection.  A practitioner should assess the need to prescribe naloxone for patients who are taking methadone or buprenorphine receiving or otherwise considered a risk for opioid overdose.


Proper Disposal is Key

Proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs is a key weapon in the fight against misuse.  With proper disposal we can reduce instances of prescription drug abuse.

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BE THE SOLUTION is a community education program of Northern Michigan Michigan Regional Entity. Our mission is to increase public awareness of the risks and potential harm associated with misuse and the extent of the prescription drug abuse problem in northern Michigan and encourage you to BE THE SOLUTION with practical steps you can take, right now.

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  • Fact:  There are over 23.5 million people in long-term recovery in the U.S. from a substance use disorder. People do recover and get well.
  • Fact:  Adolescents experience less health risks when their parents know about what is going on with them and their lives (CDC-April 2023)
  • Fact:  DEA National RX Take Back Day reported 599,897 lbs (300 tons) of Prescription drugs collected in Michigan on October 2023 with 4675 Collections sites now In Michigan.
  • Fact:  Michigan has distributed more than 730,000 naloxone kits and recorded over 6,600 overdose reversals since the 2020 launch of Michigan’s Naloxone Direct Portal, which provides the opioid overdose reversal medication at no charge to community groups
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