Judge Linda Davis has been a distinguished guest this week throughout the Copper Country. She spoke in Baraga Monday, Hancock on Tuesday, and was at a panel on addiction in Houghton Wednesday. The whirlwind tour is in support of a new Families Against Narcotics chapter that is starting locally.
Davis is a former judge who became intimately involved with the opioid crisis when her daughter developed an addiction to painkillers following a sports-related surgery. She thought it was only a Macomb County problem, but research soon revealed a much larger scope. Davis’ thinking on the matter did a dramatic shift.
From that idea, Families Against Narcotics was born. It now boasts chapters across the State of Michigan. Davis says she trusts Gail Ploe to do a great job with the Copper Country organization, and gives an example of local autonomy that has helped make a connection elsewhere.
Ploe says that step one is to embrace as many people as possible to help in the effort.