Coalitions in the Region

Organization/Coalition Name Contact Email
Alpena County Prevention Policy Board Donna  Hardies
Benzie Area Youth Initiative  Kandi McKenzie 
Cheboygan County Substance Free Task Force Lynda Rutkowski
Crawford Partnership for Substance Abuse Prevention Lynda Rutkowski
Drug-Free Coalition of Ogemaw County JoJean Thompson
Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition Renae Fogarty
Leelanau County Substance Abuse Coalition Sharon Vreeland and Lisa Anderson and
Live Well Kalkaska Substance Free Coalition Suzanne Prentice and Lisa Anderson
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - SPRING TEOW Angie Woodin
Manistee - Substance Education Awareness Coalition Sarah Garthe
Montmorency Substance Free Coalition Donna  Hardies
NMRE - Drug Free Northern Michigan Task Force Christina Pudvan
                                                                                                                                Oscoda County Coalition of H.O.P.E.
(Help to Overcome, Persevere and Educate)
Laurie Ames
Otsego Drug Task Force   Lynda Rutkowksi
RISE: Otsego Substance Free Youth Sierra Hilt
Safe & Healthy Communities - Wexford and Missaukee Angie Gullekson 
SAFE in Northern Michigan - Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim Susan   Pulaski
Substance Use Action Team Carrie Field
Three Lakes-Communities that Care Shelley  Hubbard 
5 County Substance Free Coalition of NW Michigan Sharon Vreeland 



  • Fact:  Michigan had 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017. 1,941 were opioid-related and 699 were a result of Heroin use.
  • Fact:  2017 MAPS Data indicates 19,943,203 Controlled Substance Prescriptions were dispensed in MI.
  • Fact:  October 2018, National drug Take Back Day, Michiganians collected approximately 40,000 opioids at 60 statewide collection sites.
  • 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:  In 2017, the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed decreased by 10.7 percent since 2015.
  • Fact:  In 2017, there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car crashes in Michigan.
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