Know The Dangers

Opioid addiction effects real people every day. Watch these videos to see how opioid addiction changed the lives of these people forever.
Ellen lost her son to opioid addiction


For further information on how to prevent opioid use disorder, have conversations about opioids with physicians, family and friends, and help reduce the likelihood of overdose from prescription opioids, visit these following sites:

Families Against Narcotics – Grand Traverse

Drug Free Northern Michigan

Centers for Disease Control

Guide for Families with a Young Adult battling Opioid Use Disorder


• More Michiganders died from drug overdoses—2,599 in 2018—than in car accidents.

• In Michigan, opioid overdose deaths increased from 118 deaths in 1999 to 2,036 deaths in 2018. That’s an increase of over 1,800%.

• In 2018, over 8.4 million opioid prescriptions were filled in Michigan.

Signs that someone may be misusing prescription opioids

Social Signs

  • A change in friends
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Missing or skipping school
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Deteriorating relationships with family and friends

Physical Signs

  • Poor grooming
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Fatigue
  • Slowed breathing, heart rate, reflexes
  • Sleepiness
  • High energy, then falls asleep
  • Loss of appetite


Please download and print out any of these resources that you may find helpful in spreading awareness about opioid addiction. We have posters and informational brochures prepared for you to use.