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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 Forums

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 FAN Forum - the 2nd Tuesday of each month 7:00 - 8:00PM

200 Ferris Dr., College of Health Professions, VFS 420 (fourth floor)

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 highlight how our community can make a difference in the lives of many.

Time & Location

Apr 19, 4:30 PM

Williams Auditorium - Ferris State Univ., Big Rapids, MI 49307

4:30 - 5:30 - Recovery Conversation with Tim Rabolt

5:15 - 6:15 - Catered Art Show

6:15 - 8:30 - Machine Gunn Duerr documentary, followed by open mic discussion                              with Taylor Duerr

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 is 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 is also a time to discuss what needs we see as a guide to determine next steps.

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