Michigan organization receives grant to prevent opioid deaths

Michigan organization receives grant to prevent opioid deaths

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, in collaboration with Vital Strategies, a global public health organization, recently awarded the M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF) in Menominee, Mich., a grant for an undisclosed amount.

MMACF will use the grant to reduce overdose deaths by expanding community-rooted harm reduction programs across Menominee Count in Michigan and Marinette County in Wisconsin. Harm reduction services promote health by not making judgments about where people should be.

MMACF plans to develop and expand community education efforts regarding Narcan training and distribution, opioid overdose risk and prevention, and expanding the Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties Syringe Service Program.

“We are honored to be one of only 10 Communities Foundations across Michigan to receive this support,” Paula Gruszynski, MMACF executive director, said. “The misuse of, or an addiction to opioids – including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl – is an ongoing serious crisis, here and across the country.”

Menominee County has the highest overdose death rate in the Upper Peninsula. In 2018, it averaged 36.8 overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. The Michigan average was 26.9.

Marinette County averaged 14.8 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2018. Wisconsin’s average was 22.4.