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Families Against Narcotics (FAN)

220 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer • 810-728-2033 •

FAN’s Run Drugs out of Town event for 2018 will be held on Aug. 18 at Rowden Park. FAN’s Run Drugs out of Town event for 2018 will be held on Aug. 18 at Rowden Park. LAPEER — Lapeer’s Chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) has been actively working in our community since 2011 to raise the awareness of the dangers of prescription narcotics and supporting those affected by narcotic addiction. Our mission is: saving lives by empowering individuals and communities to prevent and eradicate addiction.

We strive to accomplish our mission through our monthly FAN meetings at which we have educational speakers but also more importantly, real people in our community share their stories to help families who have been impacted by addition.

With the help of our community partners we also are able to bring speakers into our local schools, holding assemblies in Lapeer, North Branch, Imlay City and Chatfield last year, reaching junior high and high school students. We provide speakers for community groups and have information available at community gatherings such as the Senior Celebration, Lapeer Days, the Eastern Michigan Fair, the Chamber Spring Expo, CMH Family Fun Day, Family Fun Day, local health fairs, the Empowering Women event, the Blueberry Festival, Lost in the Woods Festival and the Almont Heritage Festival. Speaker Michael Deleon from Steered Straight also shared his powerful story at an evening community event in Almont and spoke to inmates in the Lapeer County Jail and the Thumb Correctional Facility.

For the past several years FAN has been actively involved in Operation RX. In addition to educating about using narcotic medication only as prescribed, keeping medication secured, not sharing and proper disposal of unused medication, FAN shares information about the drug take back sites within Lapeer County (a drop box is available 24/7 in the lobby of the Lapeer Sheriff’s Department and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Lapeer MSP Post). FAN took part in the Drug Take Back Days in April making a disposal bucket available which safely disposed of liquid medications.

In January 2017 with funding from the Lapeer County Community Foundation we were able to provide programming to women in recovery to help with family healing and parenting relationships.

In June 2017 Lapeer County, along with Genesee County launched the Hope not Handcuffs program. Since the program’s implementation 13 individuals from Lapeer County have been placed in treatment. Genesee County has assisted more than 68 with individuals from Tuscola and Oakland County requesting help as well.

FAN’s Spring Fling fundraiser will be held on May 2 at the Lapeer County Club. Our Run Drugs out of Town event for 2018 will be held on Aug. 18 at Rowden Park.

Lapeer FAN meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church 220 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer. If you are interested in more information please call 810-728-2033 or visit our website at and click on the Lapeer link.

Editor’s note: This article space was donated to FAN by Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer.

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