Central Illinois is no stranger to the effects an opioid overdose.
A group of Bradley students are looking to raise some awareness to the opioid epidemic in the area.
At the event, they gave narcan education, CPR training, sexual health screenings along with the unveiling of a mural that features people who have lost loved ones from opioids.
People who have overcome their addiction also celebrated the mural, but their main goal was to try and help change the stigma that is usually attached to an opioid addiction.
“It can happen to anyone,” says Noelle Mefford, Director of research for TOPA. “It’s not one type of person, it’s not one age group, so yeah, just trying to kinda bring awareness and hope around it as well.”
The group also hopes to make a donation with the money raised from the event to Invictous Woods who is looking to open a women’s treatment center.