In 2011 Livingston

County saw 

17 opioid overdose deaths

In 2014 there were 35. The trend continued to accelerate.
In three years the number of deaths more than doubled.

2015 brought 

29 drug-related overdose deaths

into our community.

In our own community and across the country opioid overdose deaths were reaching epidemic levels.

Wake Up Livingston intends to change that. We bring together community members, law enforcement, public health, hospitals, community mental health, treatment facilities, and other providers to end this epidemic.


We use the Project Lazarus model and believe that communities are ultimately responsible for their own health. Wake Up Livingston and Project Lazarus believe that every drug overdose is preventable. Using experience, data, and compassion we strive to prevent drug overdoses and meet the needs of those living with chronic pain.

The success of Wake Up Livingston depends on community knowledge, support, and involvement. Beginning in 2015, Wake Up Livingston has begun implementing steps towards the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic. 

But there is still more to be done.

Wake Up Livingston believes that 29 deaths is 29 too many. So WUL is calling on the community for help. Every person has a part to play in ending this epidemic in Livingston County. Get involved, make a difference, and help Livingston discover change.


Email us using the Contact page for more information about getting involved in one of the Wake Up Livingston sector groups.

WUL sector workgroups

(modeled after the Project Lazarus):

  • Courts and Law Enforcement

  • Local Government

  • Substance Use Disorder Professionals

  • Community and Business

  • Parents

  • Schools

  • Data

  • Medical Professionals

Our Team

About Wake Up


Need more details? Contact Wake Up Livingston

We are here to help people get involved in ending the opioid epidemic.

Want to find out more about treatment?lLocal treatment facilities can help you recover.

Page material references the following sources:​

Stepping Stones Engagement Center is a program of Livingston County Community Mental Health and funded by a grant through the Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan.