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Governor Rick Snyder made this week Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan.

This growing epidemic is taking more lives a year than car crashes.

The state is working to fight the opioid crisis.

They provide things like online resources, locations for drug disposals, and the ANGEL Program.

The ANGEL Program is designed to help struggling addicts get help.

Last year there were more than 2,200 overdose deaths in Michigan.

Wexford County offers help to first time offenders and will dismiss charges if they complete the program.

“For people who are repeat offenders, we are doing the best we can to get out the message. You better get help before you get caught, because if you get caught, we’re going to prosecute you as hard as we can,” said Jason Elmore, Wexford County prosecutor.

If you have medications in your home that you want to get rid of, you can drop it off in a bin at local police stations and hospitals.

“No questions asked, bring that medication in and they’ll dispose it for you,” said Elmore.

 

Gov. Snyder Declares This Week Opioid Addiction Awareness Week

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