January 2024
May everyone have a safe and happy New Year!
Upcoming Events!
Love & Logic-Parenting Made Enjoyable
Virtual Parenting Education 6-Part Series on Wednesday Evenings Winter 2024:

January 10th, January 17th, January 24th, January 31st
February 7th, & February 14th
7PM - 8:30PM

To register: bit.ly/jan24parenting

Certificates will be given at the completion of the entire series.

For more information, please contact:
Anita Rothert at 734-785-7705 x 7035
Mental Health 101
-Free Workshop-
Thursday, January 11th, 2024
6:30PM - 7:30PM, via Zoom

Register here: bit.ly/NTFmentalhealth101

For more information, please contact:
Anita Rothert at 734-785-7705 x 7035
Navigating the Opioid Crisis: A Critical Message for Small Business Owners
As we enter the holiday season, it's crucial to address a growing concern that affects workplaces across the nation—opioid use. The opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, and its impact extends into the professional realm.
Opioids, including prescription painkillers and synthetics like fentanyl, caused over 80,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2021.¹ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 220 people die daily from opioid overdoses, often involving dangerous variations of fentanyl. ²

Why Small Business Owners Should Pay Attention:
Workplace Safety: Opioid use can compromise workplace safety, affecting employees' focus, alertness, and decision-making abilities.
Employee Well-being: As revealed by a recent survey, approximately 3 in 10 adults have dealt with opioid addiction personally or within their families. ³ Addressing this issue is essential for supporting the well-being of your workforce.

Recognizing the Signs and Taking Action:
Understanding the signs of an opioid overdose—such as constricted pupils, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness—is crucial. Immediate administration of Narcan can reverse the effects and save lives. For more information on supervisor training to help your employees recognize impairment, check out NDWA's trainings.

Prevention and Education:
Promoting alternatives to opioids for pain management and educating employees about the risks associated with opioid use are proactive steps small business owners can take.
It's an employer's responsibility to create a safe and supportive environment for employees. By staying informed about the opioid crisis and implementing preventive measures, we can contribute to a healthier and more resilient workforce.
¹ Drug overdose death rates | National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2023, September 25). National Institute on Drug Abuse. https://nida.nih.gov/research-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
²Overdose Graphics | Resources | Drug overdose. (n.d.). https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/resources/graphics/overdose.html
³KFF Tracking Poll July 2023: Substance use crisis and accessing Treatment | KFF. (2023, August 15). KFF. https://www.kff.org/other/poll-finding/kff-tracking-poll-july-2023-substance-use-crisis-and-accessing-treatment/
UTSW Q&A: Experts talk about opioid abuse, risks, treatment. (2023, August 16). https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/articles/year-2023/aug-q-a-opioid-abuse-risks-treatment.html

For more information, please contact: Home - National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (ndwa.org)
SUDDs Coalition
The mission of the SUDDS Coalition is to prevent underage drinking and drug use in the Downriver community.

The SUDDs Coalition consists of community members from local schools, law enforcement, city government, faith-based groups, businesses, hospitals, and many other organizations. The SUDDs Coalition is supported by The Guidance Center and funded through the Drug Free Communities Support Program.
If you would like to get involved or require more information, contact Lisa Horvath.
Awareness Month
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January 15th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January is Poverty Awareness Month
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Monthly Coalition Meetings
Coalition Meetings are every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30PM, in person, at 19401 Northline Rd. Bdlg. 5, Southgate, MI 48195. For more information on meeting times and links please visit our website: SUDDs.info
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the new National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 988
[734.785.7700. ext. 7361]  [LHorvath@iamtgc.net]