Spectrum Health to host sessions concerning opioid abuse

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals will host sessions concerning protecting family members from opioid abuse from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 15. Among the topics to be discussed are containing opioid medications in a lock box, how to properly dispose of these controlled substances and resources for people dealing with addiction. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Local medical professionals are continuing efforts to educate the public on issues surrounding what has become known as the “opioid crisis.”

In an attempt to increase awareness and answer questions regarding the use and misuse of controlled substances containing opioids, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals have hosted several sessions as part of the “Helping the Whole You” series.

The final fall sessions of this series will focus on “protecting your family from opioid abuse,” explained Danielle Wells, communication specialist for Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals.

The sessions will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave., and from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Michigan Works!, 240 E. Church Ave., Reed City.

Wells said Shay Tuller, of Ten Sixteen Recovery Network, will be the featured speaker at the sessions and will present a documentary film titled, “Stigmatic: Our Opioid Crisis.”

Following the viewing of the documentary, Tuller will lead those in attendance in a group discussion on opioid abuse in local communities and tips for protecting family members from the misuse of opioids and other prescription medications.

Wells said the sessions will be helpful for people with specific questions regarding this subject.

“I think it’s a very interesting topic and a growing concern for a lot of people,” she said.

Wells added the discussion will cover keeping medications containing opioids in lock boxes, how to properly dispose of these substances and resources for people dealing with addiction.

Both events are free for the public to attend and a light lunch will be provided.

“It’s really important for the general public to have knowledge about this subject because it is so prevalent now,” Wells said.

For more information about the sessions, call (231) 592-4204.

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