Community to mark Overdose Awareness Day in Newark

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Community members will gather next week at the Canal Market District to remember those whose lives were lost due to accidental drug overdoses in Licking County.

Between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Newark Homeless Outreach and the Licking County chapter of Ohio CAN (Change Addiction Now) will host an event recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day.

Patricia Perry, co-founder of Newark Homeless Outreach and coordinator for the Licking County chapter of Ohio CAN, said her agency hopes to have someone in place to talk about the anti-stigma campaign, as well as explain opioid settlement money.

“People need to understand that this money is not taxpayers’ money. It’s money from opioid distributors. It’s money that should go to families who have lost their children.” , Perry said.

Perry said their event will include speakers, such as Ashley Washburn with Family Health Services of East Central Ohio, a few people recovering and a parent who lost her child to addiction, as well as Thomas Fletcher with Lower Lights Christian. Health. Part of the event will also be open-mic.

OhioCAN Information Boards Licking County and Newark Homeless Outreach, Family Health Services of East Central Ohio, Whole Living Recovery, Licking County Health Department, Purpose After Tears (PAT), Lighthouse, Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program, Mayhaven, Licking County Municipal Court Probation, and Lower Lights Christian Health will be on hand.

Perry said the event will include a candlelight vigil and a balloon release. A memorial table will also be set up to help remember the lives of those lost.

Perry said if someone has lost a loved one to addiction, then they can submit or bring a photo of their loved one to the memorial table. For more information, contact Vanbibber at [email protected] or Perry at [email protected] or visit the Newark Homeless Outreach Facebook page.

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