2018-06-07 / Opinions

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Families Against Narcotics exists to be your connection
By Ruth Schwendinger, BA
Prevention Specialist, Huron Behavioral Health


Ruth Schwendinger Ruth Schwendinger Families Against Narcotics exists to be your connection for information, resources, and support - that’s not just a headline, we really mean it. Our mission has resonated with a pair of local high school students.

“I, Alexis Gonzales, and my partner, Nick Wolschlager, chose to raise money for FAN because it is something that has great meaning to my family and me. Also, he and I would just like to spread the word about FAN and about the terrible opioid epidemic that’s occurring right now. This past October, my brother died of an accidental overdose at age of 23 leaving us all heartbroken. This summer, I am attending college to major in substance abuse treatment and intervention so it all ties together.”

Alexis and Nick sold carnations to fellow students at Laker High School as part of their senior project to raise funds to support the mission of FAN. In the past few months, members of FAN have given six presentations, provided about 800 emergency resource cards to partners in law enforcement and health care, hosted seven Family Forums, participated in countless conversations about how to better support individuals with a history of substance use and responded to three individuals wanting to help someone in crisis.


Pictured: (l-r) FAN Treasurer Ruth Schwendinger, Nick Wolschlager, Alexis Gonzales, and FAN Secretary Lynn Particka. Pictured: (l-r) FAN Treasurer Ruth Schwendinger, Nick Wolschlager, Alexis Gonzales, and FAN Secretary Lynn Particka. While we continue to learn as we go, there is much we hope to accomplish in the second half of 2018. We will continue to grow chapter membership and provide support at Family Forums. Guests at a Family Forum can expect to be greeted as they enter and invited to get a cup of coffee and pull up a chair while we listen to a guest speaker share their personal experience of how substance use has impacted their personal or professional life. At each meeting, we want to create an environment conducive to open and honest sharing, have resources available for those seeking treatment, and board members who are able to facilitate group discussion.

On Thursday, May 17, two local students donated carnation sale proceeds of $144 to Huron County’s Families Against Narcotics.

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