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Black Balloon Day focuses on opioid awareness this weekend

To draw attention to the tens of thousands of annual deaths related to opioid abuse and addiction in the U.S., concerned citizens in Adams County will focus this weekend on Black Balloon Day, Sunday March 6.

Black balloon day is a national and international event to shine light on the opioid fight and remember those who have died.

The Adams County Commissioners declared Sunday March 6 as Black Balloon Day, 2022 and said the county would provide leadership.

In Gettysburg, Black Balloons will be available during tonight’s First Friday events at at an information booth on the Gettysburg Square. Free Narcan will be available.

In New Oxford purple lights will be displayed over the weekend, and purple cellophane will be displayed in Abbottstown.

The National and International Black Balloon Day event recognizes families and loved ones celebrates the lives lost to overdose. The goal is to challenge people to learn about addiction, start conversations, and reduce stigma.

Those interested can release a virtual balloon to support the cause.

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  • To all those lost to addiction, including my son Donald R Connie lV. Only 19 years old! To young to die!

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