Community event aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma, remember those who died of overdose

August 15th, 2017

Healing our community with hope

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 15, 2017).
– Communities across the world will come together on August 31, 2017 for “International Overdose Awareness Day.”  The purpose is to raise awareness, break the stigma, celebrate recovery and remember those we have loved and lost.  This tragedy is preventable!

“Allen County continues to feel the impact of the opioid crisis, “said Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan, M.D., “We want to provide hope and local resources available for those struggling with substance use disorder as well as support for their loved ones.”

On August 31, 2017, Allen County residents are invited to attend a free community event, “Healing Our Community with Hope”, which will feature a walk, balloon release, naloxone training, resources/support, performance by Soul35 band and vigil.  The event is open to the public and will be held at Lutheran Park & Garden (3024 Fairfield Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46807) at 6 p.m.  Those who would like to attend are welcome to register on Eventbrite (click here for direct link), although registration is optional and not required.  If you have lost a loved one to overdose, please bring a picture or treasured item to display at the vigil.

“Through this event, our goal is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death,” said The Lutheran Foundation CEO Marcia Haaff, “We also, acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. We want to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Healing our community with hope.”

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan, M.D., Fort Wayne Police Department Vice & Narcotics Division Cpt. Kevin Hunter, and Mickey Ashpole, Director of Community Outreach for Waters Edge Recovery are all planning to attend and show their support and hope for our community in overcoming this epidemic.