Sussex Co. Chp. of Attack Addiction to host overdose awareness candlelight ceremony

 

GEORGETOWN, Del. – August 31st is International Overdose Awareness day, and organizations across Delmarva are planning events to shed light on those who struggle with addiction, honor those who have lost their lives, provide resources to help, and more importantly, break the stigma.

Attack Addiction, the Sussex County chapter is a growing organization with a mission to get in the community and find where they can best help with the fight to end overdoses.

According to Amy Rust with Attack Addiction, the number of overdoses is growing each year, making their mission all the more important. “Understand this is a disease, this isn’t a life choice, and it is bigger than them. We want them to understand that these are good people, this is somebody’s child, a child’s mom or dad. these are human beings that mattered and it is important to stop the stigma and really educate yourself, it’s everywhere.” Rust adds, “It’s more important now than ever, there’s no such thing as too many resources, too many agencies, we don’t have enough statewide to provide the services that are needed.”

That’s why Attack Addiction is hosting its annual overdoes awareness candlelight ceremony Wednesday, August 31st at 7 p.m. There they will provide resources for those struggling, or know someone who is struggling. At the ceremony, they will light a candle to represent those lives that have been lost due to addiction, and to honor the families who lost their loved ones. “It’s a horrible disease and we just want people in the community to come together, to be able to get some resources, support each other, and to show the families that they’re not alone,” says Rust. She adds, “So there are many different types of services that are available but not everybody is aware of them so by us bringing these agencies together, that’s the purpose of it, we want them to see everything.”

The ceremony will be held at the Georgetown circle starting at 7 p.m. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page.

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