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Prescribers' Summit III

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Tri-City Area United Way’s Substance Abuse Task Force Prescribers' Committee will be holding their third in a series of summits held exclusively for the medical community. Heroin is not the only drug that causes addiction problems in our community and the abuse of drugs that can be prescribed by health care providers can be just as devastating. At this Summit we are pleased to bring in Dr. John Lehtinen who practices medicine in Marquette, MI and specializes in addiction medicine. His talk is titled "Prescription Drug Abuse in Our Communities". Dr. Lehtinen has a suboxone clinic in Marquette where a lot of his work is focused on helping pregnant women and others who suffer from drug addictions.

Your Tri-City Area United Way and its partners, through its Educational Success – Cradle to Career Initiative, has been working hard to look for effective ways of helping reduce the abuse of both recreational and prescription drugs. The Substance Abuse Task Force is currently comprised of four committees, 0 to 10 Year Olds; Middle to High School, Business, and Prescribers'. This Summit is the work of the Prescribers' committee who are focused solely on helping health care providers from our medical community better understand how their efforts in pain management are being abused and what alternatives they have available right here in our area.

In our first “Prescribers Summit” a panel of representatives from varying health care and law enforcement professions discussed what they are seeing happen within our communities regarding prescription drug abuse. The second “Prescriber Summit” focused on the areas offerings in alternatives to pain management in lieu of prescribing potentially abused drugs. A resource guide listing all the providers for these types of alternative pain management has been developed by the Prescribers' Committee and will shortly be available on the Tri-City Area United Way’s website.

For more information on how your United Way is working to improve the lives of all in our tri-county region, contact us at (715) 735-7785.


In 2013, the Tri-City Area United Way held a series of “Community Conversations”. We talked with 29 different groups of area citizens: high school at risk youth, high school leadership and student councils, civic groups, jail inmates, business leaders and employees. We talked with elected officials, emergency responders, social services and more. You raised 16 primary concerns with substance abuse, educational opportunities and parenting education standing out as the top three. These three concerns formed the basis for the beginning of our Educational Success - Cradle to Career Initiative. 

A Report to the Community

Substance Abuse affects the whole family, not just the user.

  • Age 0 to 8 -- Working with youth and parents
  • Youth -- Youth over the age of 8
  • Anti-Opiate / Heroin Impact
  • Prescription Drug Abuse -- Educating prescribers
  • Business -- Educational presentations at the work place

Educational Success starts at birth and continues throughout life.

  • Ages 0 to 8
  • Middle School (Grades 6 to 8)
  • High School to Post-Secondary

When families come together, everyone wins.

  • Strengthening Families Program

There are a number of ways you can help in our Educational Success: Cradle to Career Initiative: Volunteer to be a member of any of the task forces or subcommittees; Advocate for the program by letting your friends and neighbors know you support the Tri-City Area United Way's efforts in making a positive difference in your community; Donate to help fund the action plans being developed. To receive more information or to volunteer with one of the task forces - -  Contact us here.