MacDonald secures funding for Families Against Narcotics

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald has secured state funding in the approved fiscal year 2022 budget to support addiction awareness, information and recovery services by Macomb County-based Families Against Narcotics.

“A key part of winning the battle against drug abuse is erasing the stigma associated with addiction and encouraging more people struggling with abuse or dependency to seek help,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “This state funding will enable Families Against Narcotics to expand on their outstanding work using compassion and evidence-based services to help those suffering from addiction.”

In the Department of Health and Human Services section of Senate Bill 82, the general omnibus budget for FY 2022, is $4 million for Families Against Narcotics to increase narcotics awareness and provide services to people dealing with addiction.

Founded in Fraser in 2007, Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is a community-based organization for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction and community supporters.

One of their big programs is Hope Not Handcuffs, an initiative aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol.

“We cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for our legislators who have supported the efforts of Families Against Narcotics. COVID has been devastating to those suffering from substance use disorder,” said FAN Executive Director Linda Davis, who is also a former district court judge for the 41B District Court in Michigan. “We lost over 93,000 lives last year and services are needed more than ever. The funding appropriated to Families Against Narcotics will reduce the stigma of addiction, provide innovative ways to access treatment and will provide a continuum of care to thousands of people suffering from the disease of addiction. We will save lives and restore families. We are so pleased by the support our legislators have shown us. They have provided us with the funding necessary to expand our programming and provided much needed services to the citizens of Michigan.”

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