The epidemic of addiction and overdose is the number one health crisis affecting this country today. Deaths caused by opioid overdoses increased 28% in Washtenaw County between 2020 and 2021, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department. The first steps in addressing this crisis are to recognize that it affects all of us and the need to work together to remove the stigma attached to addiction.
Chelsea Rotary Club is taking an active role in addressing mental health challenges and their impact on substance abuse disorder.
On November 9, at 7 pm, the Chelsea Rotary Club is hosting a must-see event in the Chelsea High School Auditorium (740 N. Freer Road) around a free screening of the documentary We Can Be Heroes (WCBH). This presentation is an opportunity to learn and hear stories of the links between mental health and addiction. WCBH is a feature-length documentary that follows the life of Taylor “Machine Gun” Duerr, a world class boxer from Detroit, who is also struggling with substance abuse disorder. The film chronicles Taylor’s journey as he trains for the fight of his life—a shot at the WBC Cruiserweight title—while battling the demons of heroin addiction. WCBH offers an unflinching glimpse at these two worlds—addiction and boxing—as they collide in one individual.
The film is an exploration of strength, endurance and, most importantly, an exploration of how love and redemption can be found in the darkest moments of our toughest fights. The screening will include a unique opportunity to engage with Mike Ramsdell (the director) and Taylor Duerr (the film's subject) on a panel that will include Mo Hassoun, a local therapist who specializes in addiction. Take-home resources will also be provided including a free print copy of the workbook: I’m Still a Person: The Stigma of Substance Use & Power of Respect, by Audrey Begun.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor – Chelsea Hospital, a joint venture of Trinity Health and University of Michigan Health
Gold Sponsor: Chelsea State Bank
Grants Provided by – 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, Rotary District 6380, & Gary Zenz