MENOMINEE—The M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF) will hold Safeguarding Our Communities program training to residents in Marinette and Menominee counties.

The training will be held Tuesday at noon, approximately one hour long, in the Community Room at Bridgeview Apartments. Lunch will be provided by MMACF. People may also participate remotely (virtually) on the Community Foundation’s GoToMeeting account. All those who are interested in attending, either in-person or virtually, should register with the Community Foundation. The training is free.

The training will provide an overview of opioids, suggests actions to address problems, demonstrates how to administer Narcan and highlights the Syringe Service Programs run by local Public Health departments. Those attending this training will be eligible to receive a free Personal Medication Lock Box, as well as Narcan treatments from the Community Foundation.

According to MMACF, “Recent data shows that Marinette County has an average of 14.8 deaths per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the Wisconsin average of 22.4 per 100,000. However, Menominee County averages 36.8 overdose deaths per 100,000, which is well above the Michigan average of 26.9. Menominee County has the highest overdose death rate in all the counties reported in the Upper Peninsula.”

In response to local concerns, in November of 2020 the Community Foundation applied for and received a $60,000 Harm Reduction Project grant. The funding was provided by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in collaboration with Vital Strategies, a global public health organization.

“The opioid crisis has ravaged people, families and communities across our country and Marinette and Menominee counties are no different. The first step to dealing with this crisis is to understand the depth of the problem,” said Dr. Guy Powers, Marinette County Psychiatrist. “Education on this topic is vitally important.”

To register for the training, community members should contact the Foundation at 906-864-3599 or paula.gruszynski@mmacf.org.