Heroin

Michigan Holds First 'Heroin Summit'

Oct 20, 2014
washtenawhealthinitiative.org

Government officials from across Michigan gathered in East Lansing Monday for the state's first Heroin Summit. Michigan's departments of Education and Community Health as well as the State Police held presentations and participated in panel discussions to determine how to stem the rising heroin problem.

Washtenaw Public Health epidemiologist Adreanne Waller says local organizations like the Washtenaw Health Initiative are already combating the problem.

Strategic Plan To Address Heroin Problem

May 26, 2014
washtenawhealthinitiative.org

The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project is bringing experts together from law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and other areas to develop a strategic plan to fight the growing problem of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Heroin deaths in Washtenaw County doubled between 2012 and 2013. 

The strategic plan will address the issue on several fronts: prevention, treatment, community education, public policy, and law enforcement, among others.

The plan should be ready for implementation this summer.

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Public Meeting To Focus On Local Heroin Problem

May 6, 2014
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Heroin use is rampant in Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor Library has become a destination site for users. Overdoses are more frequent, and some of our young people are dying. A public meeting in Saline tonight aims to rally volunteers and provide information on the local war on heroin abuse.


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A spike in heroin overdoses including several deaths followed by three teens being charged in the death of a Michigan State University student has turned the spotlight on Saline for drug use.  Washtenaw County officials however say the problem with heroin and other opiates is really a national epidemic.