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McKenzie Health System Healthy Living Event on April 21 to Focus on Opioid Addiction Treatment Program

As the opioid epidemic continues to grow in Michigan, McKenzie Health System’s (MHS) “Healthy Living Together” virtual series will focus on the treatment program available at MHS. Presenters will be Emily Quandt, Program Case Manager for the McKenzie Substance Abuse Recovery Program (MSARP), and Lori Nugent, Physician Assistant at McKenzie Family Healthcare in Sandusky. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

The free webinar is live, with the chance to watch via Zoom or call in via phone, and it will also be recorded and shared on the McKenzie YouTube channel and Facebook page after the event. Participants will have the opportunity to type interactive questions and comments for the Q&A discussion.

“Opioid addiction continues to hurt individuals and communities across Michigan, and we are proud to offer resources, information and experts trained to help those struggling with addiction,” said Louise Blasius, LMSW, LPC, Director of Human Services at McKenzie Health System and Healthy Living Together Chair. “Whether you know someone with opioid addiction or are suffering yourself, this free webinar will provide information on a local option for treatment along with next steps.”

The MSARP supports a healthier community through compassionate treatment of the disease of addiction. Physicians are trained through the American Society of Addictive Medicine and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to recognize and treat opioid use disorder and other addictions.

Community members can register for each free event at 810-648-6117 or

Additional dates and topics include:

  • May 19, Container Gardening, Merry Martin, Sanilac County Master Gardener (live);
  • June 16, First Aid and Summer Safety, Community Paramedics (live);
  • July 21, Stroke Prevention, Rebecca Stoliker, Director of Nursing Services, McKenzie Health System (live);
  • August 18, Immunizations for Children and Adults, Sanilac County Health Department (live);
  • September 15, Suicide Prevention, Kellie Phelps, Assistant in Prevention and Public Education, Sanilac County Community Mental Health (live);
  • October 20, Medicare Update Open Enrollment, Louise Blasius, Director of Human Services, McKenzie Health Services (live);
  • November 17, Holiday Cooking with Kids, Chef Aaron Puzan, Autumnwood of Deckerville (recorded).

Healthy Living Together is a project developed by McKenzie Health System in collaboration with the Sanilac County Health Department, MSU Extension, Great Start Collaborative-Sanilac, and Sanilac County Community Mental Health.