March 6, 2018 – A local government joined communities across the country during a day of remembrance to recognize families impacted by the disease of addiction.
Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announced its commitment to “Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day.” Community members and businesses are encouraged to display a black balloon outside their property as a sign an individual has been affected by an overdose death.
“In 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded over 64,000 overdose deaths in the United States, and in Pennsylvania alone, over 4,600,” said Vince Brown, Executive Director of the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. “Sadly, all evidence points to these numbers being higher in 2017.”
“The display of black balloons throughout our community will illustrate that Chester County, just like all other communities across our nation, has been greatly affected by drug addiction and overdose deaths. The display also conveys that ‘we are all in this together’, while generating greater awareness of the opioid and heroin epidemic,” added Vince Brown.
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