Rally and walk against heroin and opiates held in West Sand Lake

September 01, 2017 02:22 PM

WEST SAND LAKE - "International Overdose Awareness Day" was Thursday. There was a memorial walk and vigil in West Sand Lake to remember those who have died from a heroin overdose.

Some people brought pictures of their loved ones.

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The event, hosted by the "NOpiates" committee, was designed to show how the disease of drug addiction can have an impact on everyone.

"Reach out, because every family has somebody now they've lost or is actively losing or in recovery. I think it's more powerful for them to be reaching out and showing their courage, instead of suffering, because that's all they do is suffer," pointed out Paula Beckwith, who lost her niece to an overdose.

"We are also here to provide a message of hope that overdose is preventable, there is hope and recovery is possible and families and people can recover," explained Kim Murdick with the NOpiates Committee.

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino and State Assemblyman John McDonald took part in the event.


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