Community members gathered at the CEFCU Center Stage on the riverfront Sunday for the “Stop the Stigma” event.
There was free Naloxone being handed out along with training on how to use it.
A memorial walk was held to honor loved ones who lost their lives to an overdose. Several speakers also spoke about the epidemic and the stigma surrounding drug abuse.
Organizers say that being informed is the first step in fighting the epidemic.
“We want people to really understand and have an opportunity to learn about how these drugs work in the brain and how we can help kind of fight this epidemic,” Chrissy Smith, of the Human Service Center, said. “If we really know how this is effecting people then we really know how we can fight this epidemic,and we want people to have current and accurate data.”
Several city leaders, including Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, were there to show support.