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McKenzie Health System “Healthy Living…Together” to Discuss Signs of Drug Use in July 19 Session

Photo: Emily Holmberg, LMSW, Director of Human Services

In Michigan, nearly 3,100 people died of an overdose in 2021 while 54 percent of drug overdose deaths had at least one potential opportunity for intervention, according to the CDC. To help educate and prevent overdose incidents, McKenzie Health System’s next “Healthy Living…Together” will share The Signs of Drug Use on July 19. McKenzie Health System Program Case Manager Emily Holmberg will discuss the signs and symptoms of potential usage and strategies for communication and intervention. Registration for the free session is now available at The live virtual session also includes the ability to watch via Zoom or call in via phone; the webinar will also be recorded and shared on McKenzie Health System’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Speakers are on video so participants can see and hear them; participants will be able to type interactive questions and comments for the Q&A discussion.

“’Healthy Living…Together’ encompasses topics both fun and serious. As the opioid epidemic continues to spread across Michigan and the nation, this session may be one of the most important ones we have delivered,” said Nina Barnett, Public Relations and Foundation Coordinator and Healthy Living Chair. “It is designed for individuals, families, educators, and anyone else concerned about potential drug usage in the community.”

Future Healthy Living…Together events include:

· August 16, Preserving Your Michigan Harvest: Laurie Messing, MSU Extension Food Safety Educator

· September 20, Organizing Tips: Connie Kramer, Integrit Cleaning & Organizing Service

· October 18, Medicare/Medicaid: Kari Granz, Program Coordinator, Thumb Community Health Partnership

· November 15, Sleep—The Best Ways to Get What You Need and Easy Home Workouts: Jennifer Long, Director of Rehab Services, McKenzie Health System; and Veronica Byrne, Physical Therapist, McKenzie Health System

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.