Saturday, August 29, 2015

What do you think you know about prescription drugs?

Channel 7's Anu Prakash recently aired a segment that all high school students, high school parents, high school teachers and administrators need to watch.
(WXYZ) - "Not even a year ago, I was living out of my car. Not a penny to my name. I was addicted to heroin," says Brittany Sherfield.
It's an addiction that almost killed the 24-year-old.
Her problems started when she got hooked to prescription pills at age 17. But when that got too expensive, she turned to heroin.
"I overdosed 3 times. One time, I didn't think I was going to pull through," she says.
However, Sherfield did pull through. She realized something had to change.
Going to rehab a few times was part of the process. She's been sober for 9 months now. She says she also got involved with the organization called FAN, or Families Against Narcotics.
"It's hard sharing personal story, but it's so rewarding. I helps keep me sober," she says. "It keeps me going." 
Watch the entire segment below and then plan on attending Example's Prescription Drug Information Night on Wednesday, September 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 in Lutheran North's gym.

Dr. Joe Naughton, Director of Medical Education at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and Willie Kalousdian, a person in recovery and Director of Youth in Recovery for Families Against Narcotics, are the evening's speakers.

Contact John Brandt,, if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Learn About the Dangers of Prescription Drugs

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem facing our nation today.

What can you do?  Plenty. Start by attending Example's prescription drug presentation. 

On Wednesday, September 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Lutheran North’s anti-drug/alcohol group, Example is hosting two speakers from Families Against Narcotics who will share their professional and personal insights about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and what students, athletes and parents can do to prevent it.

 Dr. Joseph Naughton has been a family physician in Macomb County since graduating from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) in 1989.  In 2002, he was appointed as the Director of Medical Education at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.  Dr. Naughton's main role with FAN is to develop and deliver educational programs for physicians, health care professionals, medical students, high school students and other community organizations.

Willie Kalousdian has been a member of FAN since 2012, and joined as a person in recovery. He is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University and works as a field engineer for a local construction company. Willie has been an active speaker for FAN since joining and continues his support now as the Director of Youth in Recovery. 

4 reasons 
why you should attend 
Example's Prescription Drug Presentation

·       More than 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers non-medically in 2010.  (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services)
·       According to a 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), prescription drugs are the number one choice to get high among 12-13 year- olds and one in five high school students report misusing prescription drugs. Furthermore, the study shows that over 70 percent of people who abuse prescription medications get them from friends or relatives.
·       Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem facing our Nation today (
·       For the first time in our history, the number of overdoses has surpassed automobile fatalities (

Monday, August 10, 2015

Drug Disposal Sites in Macomb County

So several years ago you tweaked your hamstring. 


"That's for babies. I've got no time for stretching. Bring it!"

Well, IT was brought and your hamstring and/or clavicle and/or funny bone suffered the consequences. Oh, it wasn't anything too serious and your doctor helped the healing process with a prescription for pain medication.

Now that you have healed, what do you do with the pain medication you no longer need?  Drop it off at one of these stations in Macomb County.

Why?  Watch this video below...