Group encourages walking in the shoes of those lost to drugs

Mahoning County lost 66 people to overdoses, from April 1, 2015 through March of this year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A walk of remembrance will step off for the first time in the Mahoning Valley this weekend.

Steps of Change starts at noon Saturday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Elm Street in Youngstown.

The event focuses on bringing awareness to the addiction epidemic across Ohio and the Valley. Those who participate in the event are encouraged to bring a pair of shoes to represent their loved one, to “walk a mile in their shoes.”

Mahoning County lost 66 people to overdoses, from April 1, 2015 through March of this year.

“I think one of the most important things is education. We need to educate the public. We need to make sure there is education in the schools, and that is not necessarily happening, so there is a curriculum that is available, and we will be working to get that into all of the school systems in Mahoning County,” said Hope Ann Lovrinoff-Moran, the Mahoning County coordinator of Ohio CAN.

The event will feature speakers and activities for all ages throughout the day. It is sponsored by Ohio CAN, which stands for Change Addiction Now.

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