Rep. Tim Walberg moderated a panel discussion in Monroe on overdose and addiction issues.
Addiction recovery programs such as Ryan's Hope and Life Challenge help relieve the pain and loss of loved ones through opioid dependence.
"We need to change the mindset of addicts," said George Barath, founder of Ryan's Hope founding father of a son who died of addiction. Life Challenge gives them another chance to succeed and hope for Heavenly Father. "
Barath served in a podium discussion at Monroe High School this week on the opioid crisis in Monroe County. About 60 people attended the class in a classroom, including several parents who had lost children due to overdose.
One hundred Americans die from overdose every day and more than 1
"Three out of four new heroin users abuse Opioide for the first time," said the Tipton Republican. We have pill dumps that take place in places like West Virginia, where two pharmacies in a city of 3,000 people have prescribed two million opioid medications, how did that happen? We need to get that under control. " Two charity hockey games have helped the foundation named after his son send nearly 70 teens and young adults through Life Challenge, an intensive and structured residential program that rehabilitated addicts for 90 years, days to a year, Barath said.
"We've come a long way in 10 years," he said. "But we still lose so many."
Wendy Klinski, Program Manager for Catholic Charities in southeastern Michigan, said the region is lucky: "We have so many resources and women's groups in this community."  She mentioned a new peer support in the emergency department of ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, which began in February.
Monroe County Procuratorate and the Drug Abuse Coalition have teamed up with organizations such as Catholic Charities and other agencies to increase awareness and action plans to tackle prescription drugs and heroin abuse
"Here in Monroe, we have a community-based approach which includes law enforcement, medical professionals and treatment groups, "said prosecutor William Paul Nichols. "On my side, we focus on traders and currently have six cases of delivery leading to death, and the (city of Monroe) has created a vice group we did not have before."
Deandre Meiring, whose son Dylan, 20, In January, after a long struggle with addiction died, the jury said that they wanted to see the DARA statement for fifth graders, who will be taught seventh and eighth grade before enrollment.
"Schools need to choose a better approach," said Meiring. "It's not just adults, it's children who make bad choices, I know a lot of kids between the ages of 15 and 20 taking prescription pills."
Barath agreed, saying teens were more based on peers than on parents.
"It has to be in junior high and make it more passionate in schools," he said.
Klinski said the coalition and student prevention leadership teams at all 12 high schools in the county offer education and advocacy in four main campaigns – prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol abuse.  "The data shows that we create awareness in all high schools," she said. "We started with 70 students when we started the teams, and today there are over 300 in the county, and these children have invested heavily in these campaigns."
About 350 students attended the last Coalition Summit in December noted Nichols.
"It's effective when students talk peer to peer," he said.
A man whose son had been addicted to pills for 15 years said Vivitrol, a non-additive treatment with counseling, was effective in treating him.
"I am a strong supporter of Vivitrol – it saved my son's life," said the man. "He's been clean for 21 months and is now alone, this stuff is a miracle drug, (but) it takes two years to get out of your system."
Nichols said Vivitrol is one of three drug-treated treatments for recovery , The others are Suboxone and Methadone.
Another woman asked which path to take if one suspects that someone is drug addicted and denies the person. Klinki's answer "direct approach" is the best solution.
"We do outreach services and let you build with help," she said. "It depends on what substance he stands on … call him because of these behaviors."
Vicky Loveland, coordinator of the coalition, said that many people still do not know how to dispose of unused and expired medicines in a safe manner through red med boxes that have been placed in law enforcement agencies. Walberg said the collection boxes are a good way to get rid of unused medication.
"Do not burn them and do not let them fall into the trash," said the legislature. "We need to dispose of them properly, there are victims and crime out there."
Jennifer Sell, director of pharmacy at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, said everyone has a role to play, including doctors.
"We need to set better expectations with our patients and their expectations of pain," Sell said. "We need to get back to basics and treat them all … doctors are ready to change their practice."
Lt. Michigan Moore's Marc Moore, who heads the Monroe Area Narcotics Team and Investigative Services (MANTIS), says more help is needed to engage high-level traders.
"We've had some success, but we do not have enough" detectives, he said. "People think we have 50 or 60 people, but there are really five, that's it."
Video clip: A heroin and drug overdose crisis has been a problem in Monroe County in recent years. This video shows a community rally in 2013 titled "Stand Against Heroin".