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A parents loss and advocacy on the Opiate Epidemic Damien Brandon Smith Son Brother Daddy Boyfriend Grandson Uncle Friend Fighter The future depends on what we do in the present Courage to Change ID: 745792 Download Presentation


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Stop the Silence; Speak the Truth

A parent’s loss and advocacy on the Opiate EpidemicSlide2

Damien Brandon SmithSonBrotherDaddy



The future depends on what we do in the present.Slide4

“Courage to Change”…I can not mandate education and prevention in the school systems but I can encourage parents and young people to educate each other.


an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released


the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate

Addict,’ a

documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction


OAPETAC Opiate Addiction and Prevention Education for Teens in Antrim

County – May 14, 2018, Central Lake Public School

Introduction OAPETAC -5 min


Community Service MSP Trooper Corey Hebner


the Dragon video Presentation

45 min

Video presentation. “Chasing the Dragon” was produced

by the Federal Bureau of

Investigation and is a wrenching

portrait of the escalating opioid epidemic told through the frank testimonies of young addicts and their family members. Chasing the Dragon is a crucial viewing experience, particularly for young people who must contend with mounting peer pressures on a daily basis


Break 15 min

Milk/Cookies Juice/Crackers


Department SAFE

booth/SAFE students outreach

Panel/Q&A 45 min

Panel presentation of local addicts in recovery sharing their stories of

active addiction and recovery, a parent who will give the talk she wish she had to her son that was lost to opiate overdose. Question and Answers addressed by the panel and


in attendance.

Conclusion – 5 min



– Angel Program for addicts, Good Samaritan Law for all


“Courage to Change”…I cannot stop an addict from using, but I can be prepared to save their life in case of overdose. HARM REDUCTION hosts training the last Thursday of every month, Traverse City Library, 6-7:30. Register online.Slide8

“Courage to Change”…I can not build a treatment center in Antrim County, but I can help get addicts to treatment facilities through the MSP Angel Program.


“Courage to Change”…I can not change or stop the dealers from coming into our community, but I can report their activity to law enforcement. Slide10

Lessons learned to share

Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that it won’t happen to you or someone you love.

Share the prescription drug talk with your children and young people in your life; watch the video “

Chasing the Dragon

” with them. Inform them of the Good Samaritan Law.

Everyone can do something. Educate this young generation so they can be the ones to reverse this deadly trend.

Always ask for alternative pain treatment when doctors and dentists want to prescribe opiates. Say “No to Norco” and keep the medicine cabinet clean.

If you know someone struggling with addiction, be prepared to save their life through treatment or antidote.

If you even “suspect” drug activity, call and report it to authorities.

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