Overdose Awareness - August 2019
August 23, 2019
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Each year we lose thousands of people from drug overdose. Some survive, but suffer a permanent injury with devastating impact to their families and friends. Since our event last year, many more loved ones have died leaving families and friends grieving from great loss and despair.

Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity for us to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in our community. Overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives. Our overdose day event aims to educate our communities about drugs and offer help and support that you may not know are available to you and your loved one.

The Straleys, Rhodes and Brown families invite you to come for a evening of education. We want you to understand the signs of addiction and overdose. We choose to help other parents and families in memory of our children Leah Straley, Teri Rhodes and Christopher Brown.

Last year's event brought in an estimated 150-200 folks who came seeking help, understanding and support. Numerous agencies will be on hand to help in all areas related to addiction.

Free Narcan training begins at 6pm under the pavilion offered by Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County, Inc. Registration not required, but helpful. Click here:

Children's Grief Support begins at 7:15pm offered by the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation.

Soar to great heights and climb our ROCK WALL provided by the Boy Scouts of America and sponsored by Romeo's Cafe of Mercersburg. Certified instructor on-site.

Music by Pete Lancaster. Bring your lawn chairs and listen to the voice and music of this one man blues artist.

Remembrance service with guest speaker Clarence Horst, president of Celebration Ministries, begins at 8pm. Message: Recovery from Addiction and Living with Loss. Bring your framed pictures of loved ones to be place on our stage. Candlelight service to follow.

Food available to purchase from Pap's Dog Stop, Antietam Dairy and Cool Hollow Kettle Corn

Free purple overdose awareness wristbands while supplies last.
Rock Painting for Youth. DOOR PRIZES!!!

The following agencies/organizations attending our event:
• Franklin Fulton Drug & Alcohol
• Healthy Community Partnership
• Keystone Community Outreach
• Gaudenzia Treatment Services
• Pyramid Healthcare
• LightHouse Recovery
• VA Operation Reach
• Noah's House/Gracie's Place
• Smart Recovery
• Michael Drew Foundation
• Leah's Legacy Bags
• GRASP Support Group

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