IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Dickinson County and Iron County Communities that Care hosted town hall events called "Families Against Substance Abuse” on Wednesday.
Former Macomb County Judge Linda Davis speakers to the public about her personal story of dealing with family narcotic use and abuse. (WLUC Photo)
Behind these doors, learning took place.
"This is an educational event around the opiate addiction and it's much need in every community. I really believe that rural areas are being hit very hard,” said Former Macomb County Judge and Families Against Narcotics Executive Director, Linda Davis.
The Former Macomb County Judge shared her personal experiences with family narcotic use and abuse. She said there is a cultural stigma surrounding addiction, but those who are struggling to break free from it should be treated with more respect.
She is now the executive director of a group that helps fight addiction.
The purpose of Communities That Care and Families Against Narcotics is to provide learning opportunities and knowledge against this epidemic.
Great Lakes Recovery Center Prevention Specialist and Communities That Care Coordinator, Sandra Teske said drugs are all over Dickinson County and people need to acknowledge that.
"We’re trying to bring awareness to the community so that people know it is out there and we need to put a stop to it,” she said.
The best way to stop this epidemic is to team up.
"At the end of the day, our growth comes from helping each other and that's how we start to solve some of these issues that we're going through,” said Great Lakes Recovery Center Prevention Specialist and Communities That Care Coordinator, Ben Ryan.
Davis says the public needs to treat community drug problems very seriously. She also added that addiction is an illness and that addicts are fighting a physical battle.
"Once they find the right treatment protocol that fits for them, they are able to start living a productive life again, and it doesn't have to be the way it is. There is hope,” she said.
If you or someone you know struggles with addiction, it is recommended that you reach out to a treatment center, like the Great Lakes Recovery Center.