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Ankoor Soni
Packard Health / packardhealth.org

Opioid addiction is ravaging all parts of the country, and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Packard Health has launched a new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program to help the addicted.  On "Washtenaw United" this week, WEMU’s David Fair will talk with Packard Health medical director, Dr. Ankoor Soni, about the shift in perspective, from addiction as a crime issue to one of public health.


United Way of Washtenaw County / uwwashtenaw.org

In this week's "Washtenaw United," hear from the man who founded and co-owns the popular Boober Pedicab company in Ann Arbor.  From drug and alcohol addiction to community service and entrepreneurship, you’ll find inspiration and motivation in Kevin Spangler’s story.  


Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department recently published a new report that looks behind the facts and numbers of the growing opioid epidemic and focuses on a comprehensive community approach to the problem.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to a county epidemiologist who authored the report focusing on "how did we get here" when it comes to the increase in deadly opioid overdoses.


Opioids
Eric Norris / flickr.com

Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


Champagne
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

New Year's Eve is right around the corner.  For many, it's a time to gather friends and family and celebrate into the early morning hours.  Many of those celebrations are accompanied by indulgence in alcohol.  Ringing in 2017 in that kind of environment can pose serious difficulties for those struggling with addiction.


WikiCommons

Recovering from addictions such as alcohol and drugs can be difficult during the holiday season.  But there are steps you can take to get through it successfully. 


Benjamin Thompson / commons.wikimedia.org

Activating the circuitry of the Amygdala may be the key to help battle addictions.