"Families Against Narcotics" Chapter Starts in Okemos

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Teen drug use is at epidemic levels these days, and a local group, hoping to help teens kick the habit for good, will meet tonight. A new chapter of "Families Against Narcotics" just opened in Okemos. the group was formed to raise awareness about the epidemic in Mid-Michigan. The new, local chapter was founded by a man whose own son died from an accidental overdose of heroin in August of 2011. Phil Pavona, the Executive Director of FAN, says he doesn't want to see heroin or any other drug ruin anymore families. The main purpose of "Families Against Narcotics" is to help reduce the stigma and change the face of addiction. Pavona says too often, people think addiction is an inner city problem, but in reality it affects people from all walks of life. The group will raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug use, which is also on the rise. The local chapter of "FAN" will meet once a month, with the first meeting happening tonight at 7 o'clock at University Lutheran Church on Harrison Road in East Lansing. The meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of each month everyone is welcome to attend.