The M&M Area Community Foundation is leading a “Safeguarding Our Communities” partnership with Bellin Health and Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties.  The Community Foundation applied for and received a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in collaboration with Vital Strategies, a global public health organization.  The purpose of the grant is to reduce opioid overdose deaths by expanding harm reduction services.  The Foundation will develop and expand community education efforts related to opioid overdose risk and prevention, Narcan training and distribution and expansion of the Public  Health of Delta and Menominee Counties Syringe Service Program.

 

Andy Cohen, a pharmacist with Bellin Health says Narcan, used to reverse opioid overdoses, is now available over the counter, which can result in it being more available in situations where it’s needed.

The Community Foundation and its partners are offering a free, virtual “Safeguarding Our Communities” educational program. If you’d like to get the training, contact Paula Gruszynski at the Community Foundation at 906-864-3599.  If your business or organization would like to plan a training specific to your employees, please reach out to the M&M Community Foundation.