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The 22nd Annual March Against Drugs and Violence is planned for June 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Courthouse lawn in downtown Billings. We are addressing the opioid epidemic in which painkillers are being abused in our community.

We have provided insightful skits in our community on this topic where youth are participants. This has stimulated great conversations among the youth and with their parents.

We encourage young and old to come out and take a stand against drug abuse and violence. This program is providing education and awareness about pain management and prescription drug abuse. We hope that parents can talk with their youth, spouse to spouse and others about addictions in context of pain killers. We encourage families to get involved and be involved. It is your responsibility as parent, spouse, daughters/sons to know the signs and the resources.

We will be handing out Deterra Bags as one way to encourage proper disposal of unwanted pain medications. We are also working to provide more drug boxes for police and sheriff departments in the surrounding area. We encourage all to use those boxes already located at the Billings Police Department, the community policing office and at the city offices off of Midland Road and at the Laurel Police Department.

MADV organizers include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County, Elks Lodge 394, D.E.A., Friendship House of Christian Service, Tumbleweed, Passages, The Global Peace Foundation Montana, Boys and Girls Ranch, Rimrock Foundation, Yellowstone County DUI Task Force, MSU-Billings and many others. 

We will provide free T-shirts for the first 250 people and free barbecue and refreshments for all, plus door prizes.

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For more information contact Mike at 254-2445 or email at yak.mike@gmail.com.

Mike Yakawich

Billings

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