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United States Attorney’s Office Partners with Law Enforcement To Discuss Ways to Educate Youth About the Perils of Heroin and Opioid Use

The U.S. Department of Justice has designated the week of September 19, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week. During this week, all U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country will be organizing programs to increase public awareness of the growing epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse in our country.

United States Attorney McQuade said, “The epidemic of overdose deaths from heroin and prescription pill abuse is startling and needs to be met with an intense response by law enforcement.  We also seek to raise public awareness about addiction, treatment and prevention.”

In recognition of Heroin and Opioid Awareness week, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be participating in the following events:

United States Attorney Barbara McQuade will be the keynote speaker at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse Disorder/Co-Occurring Disorder Conference on Monday, September 19 at CoboCenter in Detroit.  McQuade will discuss trends in abuse, the impact on communities and the law enforcement response.

On the evening of September 19, the U.S. Attorney's Office, DEA, FBI and the Saginaw Community Foundation will host an event at ISD Transitions Center, located at 3860 Fashion Square Blvd, Saginaw.  The event will spotlight the heroin issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Invitees include the Michigan State Police, Chiefs of Police, school superintendents and wrap-around service providers.  During the event, guest will view a screening of Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a 45-minute documentary film produced by the FBI and DEA which is aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.  The documentary profiles the stories of several people who either abused opiates or had family members become addicts, and looks at the tragic consequences associated with opioid abuse.  The documentary, which is intended to reach students and young adults before they become addicted, may be viewed at    Note:  the documentary includes profanity which has been muted on the version available at this link.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the viewing starting at 6:00 pm followed by a discussion with law enforcement and community health experts. 

A similar event will take place on September 21, 2016, at the Ypsilanti Township Hall, located at 7200 S. Huron River Dr., from 6:00 pm - 7:30pm.  The event, hosted by a collaboration of partners to include the US Attorney's Office, DEA, FBI, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and the Washtenaw County Public Health, will spotlight the heroin problems in Washtenaw County and the surrounding area. 

Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the viewing starting at 6:00 pm followed by a discussion with law enforcement and community health experts. 

Media and the public are welcome to attend the events in Saginaw and Ypsilanti. 


For more information, please contact Gina Balaya at (313) 226-9758 or Robert Poikey at (313) 226-9120.


Updated September 16, 2016