County officials honor overdose victims, encourage treatment

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Remembering the victims of drug overdose, is a very powerful statement to those left behind to deal with the loss.

Healing through overdoes deaths is extremely hard for family and friends of the deceased.

Addiction does not discriminate when it comes to taking the lives of those struggling with the disease of addiction.

All Communities should, in my opinion, follow suit with a memorial event to remember those who have succumbed to the disease of addiction and passed on to the other side.

LOCKPORT — Niagara County legislators remembered the victims of fatal overdoses and commended efforts to fight addiction Tuesday with a proclamation declaring September as Recovery Month.

 

During a press conference before the Niagara County Legislature meeting during which the proclamation was unanimously approved, county officials released 20 black balloons — one for every confirmed death by drug overdose in Niagara County this year.

 

But they also released white and purple balloons to represent recovery and hope. And they commended those with substance abuse problems who maintain sobriety, as well as the medical providers, counselors and first responders who help them along the way.

 

“We struggle to balance the grim reality of overdose deaths with the proven truth that prevention works, treatment is effective and recovery is possible,” said Niagara County Legislator Rebecca Wydysh, R-Lewiston, chairman of the Opioid Addiction/Overdose Strategy Implementation Standing Committee.

 

Spectrum NewsCounty officials honor overdose victims, encourage treatmentBut they also released white and purple balloons to represent recovery and hope. County officials honor overdose victims, encourage treatment – Niagara Gazette

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