MI leaders collaborate efforts to stop drug abuse - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

MI leaders collaborate efforts to stop drug abuse

Posted: Updated:
Leaders are coming together in an effort to combat prescription drug and heroin addictions. Leaders are coming together in an effort to combat prescription drug and heroin addictions.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Mental health facility changes name to combat stigma

    Mental health facility changes name to combat stigma

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:03:54 GMT
    The Mental Health Center of Madison County is hoping to help more people who need it by changing its own name. The center's leaders say they're afraid stigma attached to mental health care is scaring people away.More >>
    The Mental Health Center of Madison County is hoping to help more people who need it by changing its own name. The center's leaders say they're afraid stigma attached to mental health care is scaring people away.More >>
  • Sears employee hit in head attempting to stop shoplifter

    Sears employee hit in head attempting to stop shoplifter

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:55:12 GMT
    A shoplifting attempt became a strong-arm robbery Thursday night, when police said the thief hit a Sears employee in the head.More >>
    A shoplifting attempt became a strong-arm robbery Thursday night, when police said the thief hit a Sears employee in the head.More >>
  • Safety programs effective in curbing DUI, say officials

    Safety programs effective in curbing DUI, say officials

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:20:09 GMT
    Safety officials say slogans like "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and their respective law enforcement programs, are helping save lives.More >>
    Safety officials say slogans like "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and their respective law enforcement programs, are helping save lives.More >>
MONROE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Crime Stoppers and three unions in southeastern Michigan held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce a partnership to help the fight against prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic.

The United Auto Workers, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, and Laborers' Local 499 have donated a total of $10,000 to assist Crime Stoppers and local law enforcement in a new prevention effort to attack this problem.

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use has the particular quality of changing the face of entire neighborhoods and cities. Crime has increased in areas where drug abuse has risen and an increase in overdose deaths are also attributed to this problem. Thankfully, a united response from the union leaders and their membership can make a powerful change. Local leaders, as well as the community, welcome this initiative.

"For over 20 years now, we have worked vigorously to make a difference in all seven counties that we serve," said John Broad, president of Crime Stoppers of Michigan. "I am excited that these unions have partnered with Crime Stoppers to assist in the prevention effort, and people in the community are starting to understand what we do and how we do it, and are working together to build safer communities. Monroe County Prosecutor William Paul Nichols indicated that this initiative was one of many steps that arose from the first ever prescription drug abuse and heroin summit held at the Monroe County Community College on Dec. 3, 2013."

How can you help? Crime Stoppers of Michigan offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest regarding prescription drug abuse or heroin. Anyone who has information regarding the crime should call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous.

Copyright 2014 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.