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UPSET West Effort to Stop Addiction - Addiction Series Episode 12

September 6, 2020 | By Michael H. Babcock

It’s amazing what can happen when a community comes together for a noble cause. That’s precisely what happened with the formation of UPSET West, which was formed in 2016 to increase the level of narcotics enforcement in the western Upper Peninsula. In episode 12 we’ll hear from the foundation’s executive director Kevin Store and Houghton Chief of Police John Donnelly about UPSET West. 

You can watch the video above, or listen to the audio version below.

Looking Ahead

Thanks to all of those who have helped make UPSET West a possibility and success since its formation in 2016.

Our next episode will be the final one. In that we’ll dive into the efforts of Portage Health Foundation to combat addiction in our community.

More About PHF’s Addiction Series

Visit to see a list of all episodes, find resources on addiction in our community and to subscribe to receive an email when the next episode drops. Be sure to subscribe to the Portage Health Foundation’s YouTube channel to never miss a video episode or find PHF Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts to catch the audio version of this podcast. 

How to Get Help

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, know that there are resources available in our community. Dial Help is a great place to start as they have a crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week based here in the Copper Country. You can call 906-482-HELP, text 906-35NEEDS or chat live at

Michael H. Babcock

Michael H. Babcock