Health Forum: Opioid Awareness for Parents and Guardians

Our first health forum on opioid awareness was held Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Kent ISD Education Center. The Kent County Sheriff’s Dept. collected eight pounds of unused medication at our drug take back.

It was an educational evening for parents and guardians of middle and high school students focused on prevention of opioid addiction. 

Our panelists were:

David Start, MD, Forensic Pathologist
Medical Examiner | Kent & Ottawa Counties

Sandy Dettmann, MD, DABAM, Addiction Medicine Specialist, President & CEO
The Dettmann Center, P. C.

Brandon Hool, Overdose Prevention Program Manager
The Grand Rapids Red Project

Stephen Baker, Deputy Chief, Organized Drug Crime Section
United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan

Mary DeBoer, Mother | Addiction Medicine Nurse
Board Secretary, Families Against Narcotics | Grand Rapids

Carolyn King, MD,  Child & Adult Psychiatrist
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

This forum was offered free of charge by the Kent County Medical Society Alliance in collaboration with Families Against Narcotics – Grand Rapids.


Prescription Opioid Epidemic – Know the Facts
National statistics and information compiled by the American Medical Association Alliance. Includes signs of addiction, signs of an overdose, how to talk to a loved one about prescription opioids, avoiding addiction and overdose, seeking treatment, and safe storage and disposal of pain medications.

West Michigan Take Back Locations 
Find out why proper disposal is important, find a location near you, and learn what meds need proper disposal.


Made possibly by a grant from An AMA Alliance program.