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Time to Remember Loved Ones and End Overdose

Local communities, including those in Adams County and around the world, are coming together to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create a better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use.

This year the Adams County Overdose Awareness Taskforce will host the 4th annual Overdose Awareness Walk on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 6 p.m. The walk will begin at the Adams County Court House on Baltimore Street and will end at the Fireman’s Pavilion at the Gettysburg REC Park at 545 Long Lane in Gettysburg. Light refreshments will be provided and free Narcan will be available. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and would like to share a picture during the event please contact Lisa Lindsey at acsaprevention@cfygettysburg.com or call 717-338-0300 x109.

People and communities come together annually to raise awareness of one of the world’s most urgent public health crises – one that, unfortunately, is only getting worse. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s most recent World Annual Drug Report, nearly half a million people around the world died as a result of drug use in 2019. Early statistics and anecdotal evidence for the 2021 calendar year show that the situation is becoming ever-more critical, exacerbated in many areas by the pandemic decreasing the tolerance of people who use drugs and disrupting both services and the drug supply chain.

For more information on this event or the Adams County Overdose Awareness Taskforce, please call Lisa Lindsey at 717-338-0300 x 109. Visit their website at www.overdosefreeadams.org. They are homed at the Center for Youth and Community Development offices located at 233 W High Street in Gettysburg.

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  • I hope none I know including myself die of overdose or descend to homelessness. Your article outlines reactionary steps. Liberties grew in America for a long time which left the people with a lot of choices. Drugs along with drug overdose, relapse, addiction centers, medications are consequences of what lies underneath in the places where none like to talk about. You cannot criticize unless you’re willing to help. The psychological effect of liberties growing is no one interfered. Then the number of crimes increased, narcotic trade became self-indulgent, the police were overwhelmed, it had a toll on government services and the costs.

    Political leaders give speeches. Not to save face. They convey or symbolize the voter on television. Why does the government get involved in services? They act. Political leaders aren’t selfish like other countries where most of them earn money for the next n generations. For every political leader the voter sees on television, there are thousands of workers who make it all happen. Here’s the next point: If political leaders aren’t in it for themselves, then make America look good. Ask any worker in the government why they joined government. They will tell you their why.

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