March 2024
Upcoming Events!
Free Parenting Mini Workshop
Virtual Parenting Workshop:
Navigating Parents Through the Teen Years

Every Wednesday from 7PM-8:30 PM via Zoom

March 20th, March 27th, April 3rd, & April 10th

For more information, please contact:
Anita Rothert at 734-785-7705 x 7035
OUT in Nature
Drop-in art day! Make fish prints, cast an animal track, design a unique bird, or work on your own project. Wear clothes you don't mind getting some art on!

This is an all-ages, family friendly event, open and free to the community!

Meet us at the Refuge Visitor Center
Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00p - 3:00 p.m.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 5437 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton, MI 48183
Baby Signs to Body Language
Parents are invited to join us for this virtual workshop to learn how to communicate with their infants and toddlers with their face, body, and voice.

Tuesday, March 19th
6:30 PM-7:30 PM

For more information, please contact:
Anita Rothert at 734-785-7705 x 7035

Cooking Matters at the Store
Free Workshop
Free in-person workshop to focus on:
-Money saving tips
-Reading nutrition labels
-Comparing unit prices

After completing the workshop, all participants will receive a $10 e-gift card.

Thursday, April 11th, 1:00PM - 2:00 PM

1311 Allen Rd, Southgate, MI 48195
The Guidance Center, Center for Excellence Building 2

Registration is required.

Compete with the Prevention Staff in family friendly adventures on the Goosechase App!
It was a close competition, but no one was able to catch to the Prevention Department in February and claim the $50 Starbucks gift card!
New missions are opening on March 1st, now's the chance to overtake the champions.

Any questions or concerns, please contact: Melissa Panter at
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.
²Overdose Graphics | Resources | Drug overdose. (n.d.).
³KFF Tracking Poll July 2023: Substance use crisis and accessing Treatment | KFF. (2023, August 15). KFF.
UTSW Q&A: Experts talk about opioid abuse, risks, treatment. (2023, August 16).

For more information, please contact: Home - National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (
CADCA's 34th Annual National Leadership Forum
From left to right: Melissa, Sandy, Bristal, Autumn & Jenna
The Prevention Department had the opportunity to attend CADCA's National Leadership Forum to gain more information about prevention practices and coalition building. This forum also offered leadership opportunities for our youth coalition members.
From left to right: Autumn, Jenna, Bristal, Melissa & Sandy
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:
734.785.7700. ext. 7361
Awareness Month
March 18th - 24th is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
March is Parenting Awareness Month!
Click the button above to find a therapist near you!
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:
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the new National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 988
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