New Narcan Vending Machine!

 

Calhoun County has installed its first Narcan vending machine at the Battle Creek Homeless Shelter. The Battle Creek Shelter was selected due to its accessibility to downtown and the fact that it is open 24 hours/7 days a week. This machine dispenses free naloxone nasal rescue kits to anyone who thinks they may need one. The rescue kit contains two doses of naloxone/narcan with instructions for how to administer it as well as gloves, rescue mask and resource information for treatment. Narcan is a lifesaving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. With the increase in opioid overdoses in this county, having lifesaving medication accessible to everyone, anytime, is critical to the efforts to keep those that are struggling with addiction alive and connect them to services. This important tool in the fight against opioid overdose death rates can be administered to someone that is having an overdose by a family member, friend or support.

Across the United States, drug overdose deaths had reached a record high during the COVID-19 pandemic. This increase has been attributed to new health polices meant to mitigate the spread of disease, like the reduction in access to services, the disruption in getting connected to treatment, mental health problems worsened by the pandemic and the infiltration of fentanyl as a dangerously potent substitute for heroin. From 2019 to 2020, drug related death rates in Calhoun County rose by 21% and then increased again by 13% from 2020 to 2021. In 2021, 45 of the 59 overdoses in this county involved an opioid. The Narcan Vending Machine is one of many strategies that the county uses to combat the opioid crisis. Education on the harmful effects of opioid use along with stigma reduction and ultimately getting people to treatment are the top priorities in the county.

Across the United States, drug overdose deaths had reached a record high during the COVID-19 pandemic. This increase has been attributed to new health polices meant to mitigate the spread of disease, like the reduction in access to services, the disruption in getting connected to treatment, mental health problems worsened by the pandemic and the infiltration of fentanyl as a dangerously potent substitute for heroin. From 2019 to 2020, drug related death rates in Calhoun County rose by 21% and then increased again by 13% from 2020 to 2021. In 2021, 45 of the 59 overdoses in this county involved an opioid. The Narcan Vending Machine is one of many strategies that the county uses to combat the opioid crisis. Education on the harmful effects of opioid use along with stigma reduction and ultimately getting people to treatment are the top priorities in the county.

Anyone in the community can access the kits free of charge by going to the Battle Creek Homeless Shelter at 209 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014.

Picture left to right: Ashley Markovich, Summit Pointe Recovery Coach; Dawn R. Smith, Substance Abuse Council, Executive Director; Heather Vought, Substance Abuse Council, Program Manager; Nicole Dupont, Summit Pointe, Director of Strategic Development; Jeannie Goodrich, Summit Pointe, CEO; Latia Williams, Battle Creek Homeless Shelter

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL

269-966-7580

drsmith@calhouncountymi.gov

 

Narcan/Naxolone
Education & Distribution

DrugFeeBC.org/narcan

MI-PDO CME TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

The Michigan Project to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (MI-PDO) aims to reduce prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events among residents 18+ in Calhoun, Genesee, and Wayne Counties. As part of this grant initiative, the Michigan PDO team is inviting community healthcare partners to participate in a peer prescribing education program. This prescriber education program will be offered at no cost to medical professionals in Calhoun, Genesee, and Wayne Counties. The MI-PDO team is working with Beaumont to utilize their on-demand CME training.

If you (medical provider) are interested in this training program please complete the attached form and submit it to Ieshia at ieshiad@preventionnetwork.org. You must work in Calhoun, Genesee, or Wayne county to be eligible for the grant to cover your registration fee. Training slots are limited and you will have 30 days to complete the training once you are approved and a training code with registration instructions will be sent to you.

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MI PDO CME Prescriber Training Application Form

Thank You For Wearing Green!

It was a successful sea of green last Friday. Thank You to everyone for helping us spread awareness for mental health and for celebrating #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth!

     

 

 

Wear Green Day!!!

In honor of May Is Mental Health Month, Summit Pointe Staff will be wearing custom Mental Health Awareness shirts all day tomorrow! You can join in the fun by wearing something green tomorrow to show your support. If you want to get your hands on one of these cool shirts, come to one of our free community Mental Health events happening later this month.

May Is Mental Health Month Events

CIT Honors Summit Pointe Recovery Coach

Congratulations to Recovery Coach, Ashley for being name Michigan Crisis Intervention Team’s  Person with Lived Experience of the Year! Ashley was honored at this year’s conference hosted in Novi, MI. Ashley is a member of our local CIT team and provides hope for recovery to all those she works with. We are fortunate to have her as a member of our staff!

May Is Mental Health Month Events!

May is always a special month around here and this year we are taking it to the next level with two great events celebrating

May is Mental Health Month

Both events are free to the public and everyone attending will receive a free custom Mental Health Month T-shirt while supplies last. 

 

Summit Pointe is teaming up with other community wellness providers and local businesses to bring you the first-ever Mental Health & Wellness Expo!

Join us for a family-friendly night full of fun and education. Onsite will be local mental health and wellness professionals ready to connect you with resources.

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And if that wasn’t enough we have a second event at the Bohm Theater in Albion. A special screening of the movie Coming UP For Air followed by a special panel and Q&A!

Coming Up For Air is a breathtaking family drama about the pressures put on teens to succeed, the importance of mental health care, and what it takes to be a loving
and devoted parent.

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White Ribbon Pledge

Great day yesterday painting words of hope for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) for the VA’s rock garden. Love how The Battle Creek VA, ISK, and Summit Pointe all collaborate for the benefit of our Veterans.
 
If you or anyone you know is a veteran and could benefit from additional information about veteran services contact our Veteran Navigator Michele for more assistance. 269-967-8946