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March 5, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Stella Resko, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University


The scope of the opioid epidemic is staggering. In 2017, overdose deaths in Michigan exceeded the number of traffic and gun deaths combined. While efforts have focused on understanding and helping individuals addicted to opioids, family members struggle with the unpredictability associated with addiction. Family members often play an important role in helped a loved one with opioid problems access treatment. This presentation describes results of a survey of adults in Michigan affected by a loved one’s opioid misuse.

With assistance from state-funded treatment and prevention providers, participants were recruited to complete on online survey (N=299). Respondents included parents (41.5%), children (38.8%), siblings (34.4%), and spouses (12.8%) of individuals with opioid use disorders. A quarter (20.1%) had multiple families with opioid problems and 48.2% lost their loved on to an overdose or related problem. Findings from the survey highlight economic, emotional, and logistical challenges family members face when a loved one experiences opioid-related problems. Results suggest family members of individuals with opioid problems are a neglected but very motivated group that could be better utilized to help get individuals into treatment. 

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 3135775471 or