Walk Against Heroin brings East Liverpool community together

The walk was started by a mother who wishes she had more resources when her son battled with a heroin addiction

Columbiana County had over 500 drug related indictments and has had 14 confirmed drug overdose deaths in 2016.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – A lack of resources for heroin addicts was the driving force for starting Columbiana County’s Walk Against Heroin.

The county’s first walk was held Saturday afternoon, started by Cindy Anderson, who lost her son to an overdose in May 2015.

“If we would have had more information, we think we could’ve made a difference in our son’s life,” Anderson said.

There were a number of speakers, from recovering addicts to law enforcement, and information booths for recovering addicts and family members at the event, held at Thompson Park.

For some, it’s one step further down the road to recovery, but for others, it’s one step closer to beating heroin.

Anderson hopes she can help other families avoid going through what she went through when she lost her son.

“Making sure other parents have this information is very important to us because we did not have it,” Anderson said.

For many people in the crowd listening to the speakers, these community get-togethers are a reminder that they’re not alone.

“To remove the stigma from it being a choice, it’s an actual disease,” said recovering addict Nicole Walmsley.

As for Anderson, even though her son is no longer with her today, starting this event lifts some of the burden off her heart.

“Life has to move forward, and we know we’re moving forward with him and his blessings,” Anderson said.

Columbiana County had over 500 drug related indictments and has had 14 confirmed drug overdose deaths in 2016.

“Our county needs something, our county needs to bring awareness to their families and to the community that there is a problem,” Anderson said.

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