- Sponsorship -

Health Forum to Tackle Opioid Crisis


The Kent County Medical Society Alliance will hold a forum next week to educate parents and guardians about the opioid epidemic, which one official calls a “national crisis.”

Held in conjunction with Families Against Narcotics of Grand Rapids, the May 3 event at Kent ISD targets what parents can do to protect their children from the growing problem of opioids.The Kent County Sheriff’s Department will be there to take back unused prescription drugs before the program.

Health experts will share stories and statistics on the epidemic of opioids, a class of drugs that includes heroin and pain-relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Moderated by Dr. Jeanne Kapenga, president of the local chapter of Families Against Narcotics, the panel will include specialists in addiction, Kent and Ottawa county medical examiner Dr. David Start, a representative from the U.S. District Attorney’s office and a psychiatrist from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Education about Opioids
What: Opioid Awareness for Parents
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3; drug take-back at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kent ISD Education Center, 2930 Knapp St. NE Use parking lot No. 11.
Admission: Free
More information: Kent County Medical Society Alliance 

Alexis Boyden, president of the Kent County Medical Society Alliance, said educating the community on opioids is key. She notes 80 percent of opioid abuse begins at home.

“We want to provide education and reach out to parents and students in recognizing what the signs are and how can we prevent this,” Boyden said.

“It’s definitely a growing problem and a national crisis. It happens in the country every day, but we think it’s not going to happen to us.”

CONNECT

Families Against Narcotics of Grand Rapids

- Sponsorship -

LATEST ARTICLES

Fourth-grader’s pickle stand inspired by school marketplace

‘With my tiny fingers, I am good at stuffing them,’ said the young pickle peddler. ‘You can see how they are packed in, so you get more for the money’...

Looking for classroom lessons in the great outdoors

Sally Triant is exploring every GRPS campus in the city, looking for places to turn the outdoors into an educational opportunity...

Home schooling inquiries grow as parents ponder how to meet children’s needs

The pandemic has caused parents to seek options for schooling and socialization. For some, home schooling becomes an option, while others create new ways to help their children...

GRPS to continue virtual-only instruction for rest of semester

GRPS leaders decided to extend the district's 100 percent virtual learning model for the rest of the first semester after the Kent County Health Department announced rapidly rising COVID-19 positivity rates...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Home schooling inquiries grow as parents ponder how to meet children’s needs

The pandemic has caused parents to seek options for schooling and socialization. For some, home schooling becomes an option, while others create new ways to help their children...

Districts hit with enrollment losses amid pandemic

While a few Kent County districts gained students on the annual fall count day, most saw enrollment drops ranging from a few dozen to 100- and 200-plus students...

Fall student count day shows steep declines for several districts

Preliminary, unofficial enrollment counts taken on Wednesday, Oct. 7 by public school districts in Kent County showed most experienced declines...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS