‘Run Drugs Out of Town’ anticipated to bring in record crowd

5K returns June 15 to Fraser

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 11, 2019

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FRASER — As time goes on, more and more people are becoming more comfortable talking about their own battles with substance abuse, and their families show support in solidarity.

This year’s 11th annual Families Against Narcotics “Run Drugs Out of Town” walk/run starts with an 8 a.m. registration Saturday, June 15, at Fraser High School, 34270 Garfield Road.

It is FAN’s largest fundraiser and raises money that helps sustain the program on an annual basis. All proceeds benefit continuing efforts to educate the public on substance abuse and to help addicts find support.

Kelley Nahas, FAN director of operations, said May 31 that more than 2,000 individuals were already preregistered — more so than in past years at the same juncture. That includes more than 120 teams thus far, making it the biggest attendance to date.

“Unfortunately, there are more people being affected by this disease each year, and the event continues to grow,” Nahas said.

FAN Executive Director Linda Davis said more than 2,400 people participated in 2018. Preregistration is encouraged due to averages of 400-500 people registering the day of the event, causing long lines.

“Everything we do, we always educate,” Davis said. “A lot of people come to it, and most people who come say they never miss it again.”

She attributes the growing crowd to the growing problems people experience, and to families and friends of addicts who encourage their rehabilitation. As she put it, nobody talked about such issues in the past.

But with the help of organizations like FAN, which hosts about 22 forums per month, and more expansive discussion surrounding support mechanisms and how law enforcement and doctors play major roles, the discussion has done a near 180 from a decade ago.

“We’re getting rid of that shaming and realizing it’s a disease, and we shouldn’t be judging,” she said. “We should be helping. These are good people who have a brain disease. It’s not a moral failing.”

The walk/run will commence at 9 a.m. The registration cost for adults 18 and older is $40. Students younger than 25, and seniors older than 62, pay $15. It is a rain-or-shine event. Awards will be given for top placements for all 5k runners.

For more information, visit www.familiesagainstnarcotics.org. To see a promotional video for the event, search “Run drugs out of town” on Youtube.

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