Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse



In December of 2014, a grandmother, who lost her grandson to a heroin overdose, called the Berrien County Sheriff to ask for his help to educate our community about opiate addiction. She was interested in not only creating awareness of the ever-increasing problem of heroin addiction, but also in bringing more resources to this community and reducing the stigma families experience when a loved one becomes addicted.  By May 2015, a collaboration of passionately-concerned individuals had formed.  They include parents of addicts, youth, a minister, the clinical director of a local substance abuse treatment facility; and representatives of the Berrien County Health Department, the Berrien County Sheriff's Department,  the Michigan State Police, Lakeland Regional Health System and the Southwest Michigan Chapter of Families Against Narcotics.  The diversity of these individuals is reflected in the name chosen for this alliance.



A community alliance to eliminate prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction from families of Southwest Michigan



Individuals will receive support to achieve a healthy recovery and no longer suffer the stigma of addiction.

Meeting info:  1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 2:30-4:30pm at the Berrien County Health Department


Alliance Goals:

  • Reduce the occurrence of prescription drug abuse among Southwest Michigan families.
  • Reduce the occurrence of fatal opioid overdoses among Southwest Michigan families.
  • Increase resources in our community that support an individual's recovery from substance addiction.
  • Remove the stigma that individuals face when dealing with addiction issues.  Guide to Provider Services available.


Drug Collection box locations in your county: 

  • Buchanan City Police Department
    720 E. Front St
    Buchanan, MI
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Chikaming Township Police Department
    13535 Red Arrow Hwy
    Harbert, MI
    Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Coloma Charter Township Police Department
    4919 Paw Paw Lake Rd.
    Coloma, MI
    Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy, Niles
    31 N. St. Joseph St.
    Niles, MI
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy, St. Joseph
    1234 Napier Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI
    Open 24 hours per day
  • Lakeland Pharmacy Shoppe, St. Joseph
    3900 Hollywood Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI
    Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • New Buffalo Police Department
    224 W. Buffalo St.
    New Buffalo, MI
    Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Niles Law Enforcement Complex
    1600 Silverbrook Ave.
    Niles, MI
    Open 24 hours per day
  • Walgreens, St. Joseph

    1260 Hilltop Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI
    Open 24 hours per day

  • Walgreens, Niles
    907 S. 11th St.
    Niles, MI
    Open 24 hours per day
  • Watervliet City Police Department
    158 Pleasant St.
    Watervliet, MI
    Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


County Prevention Initiatives and Accomplishments: 

  • Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse  Awareness Community Conference 2015
  • "Dr. Dealer" Prescription Drug Prescribing Awareness Conference for Physicians 2016
  • "Drugs 101: What Every Parent Should Know" Workshops; Community Services Roundtable;  


Contact Information 

Alliance Co-Chair, Kerri Teachout at, 269-927-5668

Alliance Co-Chair, Lieutenant Melinda Logan at, 269-921-5741


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