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CMREN strives to increase awareness and understanding of Substance Use Disorder, as a disease.  We collaborate with others to decrease stigma, promoting the reality of recovery.

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FLITE Library Displays

The FLITE Library of Ferris State University is frequently visited by faculty, staff and students, as well as community members.  Large library displays are a great way to quickly heighten awareness of Substance Use Disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery facts.  CMREN two or three times throughout the academic year, CMREN utilizes this outreach tool.

2022-2023 Displays:

September 2022 - SUD and the Myths; Save a Life

November/December 2022 - SUD Stigma

March 2023 - Engaging Community Partnerships

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We strive to heighten awareness of Substance Use Disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery for Ferris State students, faculty, and staff. We visit classrooms, train resident hall student leadership and staff, library staff, student learning assistant workers and staff, and health center staff.  We train students in tabling events throughout the academic year and in special events, such as deliberative dialogues and other fun events such as a game night, all of which includes Narcan and at-home-medication disposal training. 

Through Feb 12, 2022 we have trained the following groups:

Dental Hygiene Students and faculty - Years 1 and 2 students

Nursing students - RN-BSN level

Pharmacy - APHA Student Association students

Social Work - Bachelor and Master level students

Flite Library faculty and staff

Birkam Health clinical staff

Student Learning Assistant students and staff

Multiple other students from across all campus programs - through tabling events.

Coming events:

Game Night - March 30, 2023  Games and pizza, with SUD information Narcan Training/at-home drug disposal training opportunity.

An Evening with Taylor Duerr - April 19, 2023  A documentary viewing event featuring guest speakers Tim Rabolt and Taylor Duerr

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Families Against Narcotics Meetings and Events

Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Forums are opportunities for the community to learn about various aspects of SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery through presentations by topic experts, and testimonies from those with lived experience. These monthly events provide rich experience for the persons to gain insight into the reality of SUD and to have conversation regarding how together we can collaborate to make a difference.

Join us for the Mecosta/Osceola FAN Meeting - the 2nd Wednesday of each month Noon - 1:00 PM 

An Evening with Taylor Duerr
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This compelling life story of one Michigan man's journey brings the reality of the fight for recovery to the stage. Through film and conversation, Taylor Duerr shares his experience and discusses 'why now' and 'what's next'. Open to Ferris State University and each community member, this free event will highlighted how our community can make a difference in the lives of many. The event, held April 19, 2023 was attended by more than 60 community members. 

About the event

Substance use disorder, addiction, and recovery impact communities across the nation.  Understanding the disease, the challenges of recovery, and the impact stigma has on the individual are important for each of us, as we begin to make a difference and save lives.  Join us for the evening, listening as Tim Rabolt discusses substance use with college students while engaging the audience.  View artwork from FSU Kendall School of Art and Design students while speaking with the artists in the lobby, enjoying Pere Marquette catered appetizers.  Relax in the auditorium to view Machine Gun Duerr, followed by an on-stage open-mic discussion with featured guest, Taylor Duerr.

View the Machine Gunn Duerr trailer - scan the QR code on the poster.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MiKayla Althoff, BSW completed her BSW Fieldwork Internship with CMREN in 2022-23.  One of her projects was to prepare and post a presentation on the CMREN website. Below you will find her report, 'Substance Use Disorders in the Workforce'.

Community Conversation May 19, 2023 

The Community Conversation Event, with 65 participants, was a time for members of the CMREN Community to come together to learn what is happening in our neighborhoods to address SUD and substance misuse.  It was valued as a time to discuss what needs we see as a guide to determine next steps.

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Talk, They Hear You Campaign

In Summer of 2023, CMREN partnered with this SAMHSA National Awareness initiative placing eleven billboards across Mecosta, Osceola, and Newaygo Counties with educational messages regarding how parents, children, teens, and young adults can have conversation regarding substance use, including alcohol misuse. The billboards had 2,138,757 impressions, defined as duplicated views by passerbys determined by visibility, height, and illumination. The 60-second  In addition, CMREN ran nine different 60-second Public Service Announcements across three local radio stations for three months. The results - 1,715 radio announcements with an average listening audience of 30,000 listeners. 



In January 2024, CMREN was recognized by SAMHSA for this work being featured in their January newsletter.

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