Grand Rapids group offers help for opiate addiction

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Families Against Narcotics held a balloon release in Battle Creek on International Overdose Awareness Day. (Aug. 31, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People affected by opiate addiction have a new place to turn to in West Michigan.

Members of the newly-formed Grand Rapids chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) will hold their first meeting in Grand Rapids Tuesday night.

FAN formed nearly a decade ago in a Detroit suburb after several teens died from opiate overdoses. According to FAN, the United States leads the world in drug overdoses with 129 deaths per day.

The group offers medical and legal help, as well as other support information to those dealing with the addiction. There are 16 FAN chapters in Michigan, four in other states.

In August, the Calhoun County chapter of FAN held an event where people honored their loved ones who have died from overdoses by releasing dozens of balloons.

Tuesday’s forum in Grand Rapids is being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Division Avenue.



Families Against Narcotics