‘We have to fight for each other’

heraldbulletin.comANDERSON — Elliot Hughes was slow to speak at first, acknowledging that he wasn’t expecting to see around 100 people at first International Overdose Awareness Day event in Anderson.

Hughes, who is in recovery from heroin addiction, told his story to the crowd. He spoke of how he has sought treatment 14 times and how he isn’t sure how many times he has been revived by naloxone while overdosing, because he has lost count.

His best friend died from an overdose almost two years ago. Hughes said he couldn’t have imagined being the director of the Indiana chapter of Steered Straight Inc., when he went into recovery 10 months ago.

“We all have to fight for those we have lost,” Hughes said in a call to action to addicts and community members alike. “We have to fight for those who are struggling. We have to fight for each other.”

Hughes was one of three speakers at Anderson’s International Overdose Awareness Day event that was put on by Jessie Slaven, recovery coach at Aspire Indiana. The hall at the Anderson Firefighters Local 1262 was packed.

The program ended with all of the attendees going outside to watch those who have had loved ones die of overdose release a balloon for each victim.

‘We have to fight for each other’ ANDERSON — Elliot Hughes was slow to speak at first, acknowledging that he wasn’t expecting to see around 100 people at first International Overdose Awareness Day event in Anderson. ‘We have to fight for each other’ – The Herald Bulletin

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