The opioid crisis continues to impact families and communities. In 2017, there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car accidents in Michigan. Over 70% of these deaths were opioid-related.
I recently supported legislation — now law — to allow governmental agencies to possess and administer what’s called an opioid antagonist to someone suspected of suffering an opioid overdose. The drug reverses the effects of an overdose and can help save lives, especially if it is available before emergency medical help arrives. The new laws will allow employees in public places, such as libraries and universities, to be properly trained and granted civil immunity to administer anti-overdose drugs in good faith.
More information for families and individuals about the opioid crisis is available at www.michigan.gov/opioids. The site features information on finding and getting help, including maps showing the location of licensed treatment centers and takeback sites for disposing of unneeded medication.
LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (left) on Thursday received the Michigan Trails Legislator of the Year Award at the Capitol for his work advancing Michigan trails policy.
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance honored Hansen for his sponsorship of the Pure Michigan Trails legislation and legislation updating the state’s railbanking program; for providing for volunteer liability protection; and for his work to affirm the role of trail councils and the value of trails as a public good in a community.
“Michigan’s unmatched system of non-motorized trails offers a marvelous opportunity for those interested in exploring the natural beauty of Pure Michigan,” said Hansen, chairman of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Committee. “It has been a delight to work on legislation promoting our trails, and receiving this award is a great honor.”
Michigan Trails also recognized Hansen as a key proponent of renaming the Hart-Montague Trail in honor of William Field, who purchased the former railroad and donated it for trail use to the state of Michigan.
Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, also received the Legislator of the Year Award for her work as chairwoman of the House Outdoor Recreation Committee; for being a vocal trail advocate for the Muskegon area; and for being a main sponsor of the e-bike bills and bike safety package.
This is the first year of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance’s annual award program recognizing the exemplary leadership of trail advocates across the state who have helped Michigan become the number one trails state in the nation.