August 28, 2017 — Millions of people will participate in ‘International Overdose Awareness Day’ on Thursday.
Here at Malvern Institute, we are sponsoring a candlelight vigil to raise awareness on overdose victims at Rose Tree Park in Media, Pa. The event will be hosted by Kacie’s Cause Delaware County/Chadds Ford Chapter.
According to the Daily Local, Chester County officials will display 97 pinwheels in front of the Chester County Justice Center on Market Street in West Chester and the Chester County Government Services Center on Westtown Road, representing the 97 lives lost to overdose in Chester County in 2016.
“Sadly, we lost nearly 100 lives to accidental drug overdose in Chester County in 2016, and we are on track to exceed that number in 2017,” said Vince Brown, executive director of the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services.
“Our community, as well as our country, faces an opioid and heroin epidemic and the disease of addiction knows no bounds,” he added. “Addiction does not discriminate against age, race, socioeconomic status or education level.”
Read the full story on the Daily Local.