Friday is International Overdose Awareness Day and the McLean County Health Department is teaming up with local government and law enforcement to remember the community’s victims.
This is the first year the health department is putting on an event and they are hoping residents come out and learn more about overdose and prevention.
Attendees will get to hear from the families of victims as well as participate in the memorial plantings, where a tree will be planted in the law and justice center courtyard as a symbol of resilience.
“Overdose is preventable and it isn’t measured in terms of socioeconomic status, culture or race,” Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Supervisor Trisha Malott, said. “It could impact everyone, so the more we work to reduce the stigma and talk about it, the more lives we save and that is ultimately the goal.”
The event will be from noon to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Law and Justice Center in Bloomington. For more information visit www.facebook.com/McLeanHealth/.