March 30, 2017, Canton, MI – Families Against Narcotics (FAN) has announced the launch of their new Northwest Wayne County Chapter that will meet monthly in Canton. FAN is an organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with addiction and providing families struggling with the disease with the support and resources they need.
The kick off meeting will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the LifeChurch annex building located at 6900 N. Haggerty Road in Canton. Judge Linda Davis of the 41B District Court is the president/founder of FAN, and will be the keynote speaker at this chapter launch. She also chairs Governor Snyder’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.
Canton’s Supervisor, Pat Williams, along with officials from the Canton Public Safety Department are planning to attend the first meeting.
“The stigma of drugs and overdose is typically thought of as an inner city problem, but the recent opioid drug epidemic spreads across all socio-economic boundaries, including Canton,” says Public Safety Director Joshua Meier.
“The Canton Police & Fire Departments have been working for the past couple years with Growth Works and local hospitals to establish avenues of assistance for individuals they encounter in the course of their duties,” Meier adds.
FAN was founded in 2007, and now has 12 chapters with memberships that include individuals affected by addition, concerned citizens, law enforcement, and leaders in healthcare, education, business and religion.
“For the majority of families affected by addiction, it is unchartered territory. They are thrown into a situation for which they have no concept of how to handle, how to help, or how to survive as a family unit,” says Supervisor Pat Williams.
“I believe FAN will provide a customized network and support system to help families navigate through the turbulence created by addiction, and I encourage our residents in need to take advantage of this new Northwest Wayne County Chapter,” Williams adds.
Additional information on the FAN organization is available at www.familiesagainstnarcotics.org.