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Opioid Summit Latest Event to Battle Opioid Epidemic

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Over 800 people died last year of drug overdoses in Wayne County. In 2015, there were nearly 2,000 overdose deaths in Michigan, as well as 52,404 in the United States.

To combat this issue, an opioid summit was hosted on May 11th in Livonia by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and the Greater Detroit Area Health Council. Over 500 professionals gathered to discuss progress and formulate additional solutions to the ongoing drug overdose epidemic.

May is American Wetlands Month - Kiss a Frog!

Paul Bohn, Esq.

American Wetlands Month was created in 1991 by the EPA with the purpose of celebrating the importance of wetlands to the Nation's ecological, economic, and social health. On top of that, it was created as a way to educate individuals on the value of wetlands and the need to preserve them.

Smart Watches, Fitness Trackers Joining List of Technologies used as Evidence

Mark Mandell, Esq.

In a current murder case in Connecticut, Police have cited Fitbit records in the arrest warrant of the husband in the death of his wife. According to the husband, a masked intruder entered their home tying him down while shooting his wife. But, according to police, the records of the wife's Fitbit show that she was up and moving after he alleged she was murdered.

Multiple States Contemplate Removing "Bottle Bills"

Jim Fausone, Esq.

Michigan is one of only ten states to currently have a bottle deposit program, also referred to as a 'bottle bill." With proposed legislation in several states, that short list could get even shorter.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Iowa all have proposed bills that would eliminate the bottle deposit systems and replace it with a tax.

Michigan DNR Summer Program Benefits Urban Youths

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Although Michigan has a ton of beautiful recreational land, not all Michiganders have had the chance to experience it. The most logical reason is that a lot of that land is located in northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is attempting to diversify the user base of these parks by offering a summer program for urban youths. This program, the Detroit-area Youth Conservation Academy, enables children who are not normally exposed to outdoor recreational activities the chance to participate in events such as fishing, hiking, and camping.

Environmental Group Sues Army Corps of Engineers over River Dredging

Paul Bohn, Esq.

On April 7th, the St. Johns Riverkeeper filed a federal challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a project to deepen the harbor. The lawsuit specifically targets the corps' 2015 environmental impact statement that approved the dredging of 13 miles of the St. Johns River to deepen it an extra seven feet.

When "Happy Hour" Turns Into "Sad Hour"

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Consumption of alcohol can result in more than a good time. In moderation, it can provide some health benefits, including lower risks of heart disease and lower mortality rates from heart disease. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, "everything in moderation."

Canton Looks to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Mark Mandell, Esq.

The opioid epidemic continues to damage families and cities throughout the United States, but Canton, Michigan is the latest city to attempt to eliminate the outbreak.

On April 10th, Families Against Narcotics (FAN) launched its brand new chapter at the LifeChurch annex building on Haggerty Road. This chapter will be the newest of over a dozen chapters across Michigan. The first FAN chapter was created in Fraser in 2007 after an abundance of overdoses in the Macomb county area. 

What happens to your debt after death?

Don Knapp, Esq.

Individuals mindful of the thought of death worry about what they can and cannot take with them when they pass. Although it is not usually the first topic on the list, it definitely produces a curious question.

According to data provided to Credit.com, 73% of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported dead. On average, the total balance of debt amongst this group was $61,554, including credit card balances, mortgage debt, auto loans, personal loans, and student loans.

Police Falsely Threaten Attorney with Jail for Filming Traffic Stop

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Jesse Bright, a criminal defense attorney and part time Uber driver, was pulled over for allegedly driving a man to a drug house under surveillance. When the police approached his car, Bright began filming, as he has the right to do. The officers wanted him to believe otherwise.

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