According to statistics, 2,700 people died from overdoses last year in Michigan last year, and 2,000 of those were caused by opioid use.
Current and former NFL players and civic leaders are coming together to help fight the epidemic. Joining FOX 2 is Eddie Murray, former Detroit Lions kicker, and Dave Bartek, CEO of Catholic charities of southeast Michigan.
There will be an event Tuesday, October 23 at Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament located at 9844 Woodward Avenue in Detroit from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Our own Huel Perkins will be master of ceremonies. It will be an interactive panel discussion with Detroit Lions Running Back Theo Riddick, Legend Lomas Brown, former Wolverine WR Braylon Edwards and The Honorable Karen Braxton, Judge of the Third Circuit Court, will share their experiences on how addiction affects us all.