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To help continue addressing the opioid crisis in Washtenaw County during COVID-19, an Ypsilanti community health group continues to offer Narcan. 

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The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project, which brings local community organizations together to end the opioid crisis, hosted a summit on Tuesday in Ann Arbor.  The group says this is a crisis that continues to affect people of all ages and backgrounds.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan attended the summit and has the story. 


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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.


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The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted an opioid crisis discussion Wednesday at Weber's Inn. 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

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Legislation awaiting President Trump’s signature would provide more support for people struggling with opioid addiction. 


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Michigan patients now have less access to opioids for severe pain.  This is the final law to take effect in a package of bills signed last year.


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In 2011, 29 people in Washtenaw County died from a opioid-related death.  That number increased to 68 last year.  The county is hoping to reduce that number.


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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.  From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis


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Usually when medications expire, people pour them down the drain and flush them down the toilet.  But studies have shown that trace elements of those medications end up in our drinking water.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Environmental Program Supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about the safest and healthiest ways to dispose of prescription drugs.


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Starting today, Washtenaw and four other counties in Michigan will begin implementing a new pilot program called "Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis."  
 


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President Trump’s declaration that opioid abuse is a national emergency comes without a lot of new resources for states to deal with the health threat.  


On the heels of Monday night's community forum on opioid epidemic and related mental health and public safety issues at Saline High School, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to add to the conversation. The 12th district Democrat from Dearborn shared her family's addiction issues and discussed the need for a change in the social and legislative approach to garner more positive outcomes.  


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To address the opioid crisis in Washtenaw County, the Sheriff's Office, along with U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg, hosted a forum on the issue.  It attracted over 200 people to Saline High School where it was held. 


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The public is participating in a community conversation Monday night with several elected officials, including Congressman Tim Wahlberg and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with another participant, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, who shares what he thinks is important about the community conversation...


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.