CANTON Ill. — The fifth annual Overdose Awareness Walk was held at Wallace Park on Tuesday. Hundreds of people came out to learn about resources available to help with drug addiction.
“It gets more of our community involved that maybe didn’t understand that this was an issue, to recognize that and to offer support to those who struggle with this and deal with it everyday,” said Community Educator Sue Tisdale.
Guest speakers also got the chance to share their own stories of how drug addiction has affected their lives and what they did to overcome it.
“It felt good, cause it is my hope that somebody heard that, that was hurting inside and maybe knows how to reach out now and know that there is hope to becoming a recovering addict,” said guest speaker Stacey Andersen.
Local agencies had tables set up around the event to offer substance abuse support, treatment and counseling.
The addiction walk was held at the end of the event where people were able to grab a rose, bubbles and a picture of those personally affected by drug abuse.
“Probably the most heartfelt simply because this is a time we can all reflect and it really hits into the heart and soul of why we are here today,” said Tisdale.