Opiate Epidemic Conference Seeks to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Prescription Drugs

David Williams, Phil Pavona, Christian Wiesenberg

Pictured (left-right) WMU-Cooley student David Williams; Phil Pavona, vice president of the Ingham County Chapter of Families Against Narcotics; and student Christian Wiesenberg

Members of Delta Theta Phi at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus hosted an opiate epidemic conference to raise awareness of the prescription opiate drug abuse epidemic. The featured speaker was Phil Pavona, vice president of the Ingham County Chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN).

Pavona discussed his experience in losing his son to an overdose in 2011 and the legal experience he encountered in the court and health care systems.

“Raising a family in mid-Michigan, I never thought to talk to my children about prescription drugs,” said Pavona. “But now, instead of thinking my son’s death was senseless, it has brought meaning to me and my family to raise awareness about this problem.”

FAN was founded in 2007 and has the goal to encompass change in the perception and treatment of addiction and to be an advocate for change throughout society. Through sharing real stories and factual data, FAN aims to reduce the stigma attached to addiction and create an open forum for families and professionals to receive valuable insight.

Phil Pavona

Phil Pavona vice president, Ingham County Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, was the featured speaker during an opiate epidemic conference hosted by the Delta Theta Phi fraternity at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus on Oct. 19. Pavona spoke about his son’s death from the use of prescription drugs and the importance of raising awareness about opiate addiction.

 


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Group Seeks to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Prescription Drugs

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