Mercer County residents join together for drug awareness event

More than 100 people showed up at Buhl Park for the "Removing Obstacles to Assist Recovery" day

Neighbors in Mercer County are joining together to help those struggling with addiction.

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) –¬†Neighbors in Mercer County are joining together to help those struggling with addiction.

More than 100 people showed up at Buhl Park for the “Removing Obstacles to Assist Recovery” day.

Better known as ROAR, the day featured a morning march, live music and some special speakers — some of whom have struggled with addiction.

They shared their stories.

Several healthcare groups were also there to discuss with family how to best help their loved ones.

“We’re trying to send a message that not every addict is that person on the side of the road,” said Gloria Mackley, of the Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness. “They have made changes in their life. They’re not the same person that they were when they were in active addiction.”

People also placed shoes at the foot of the amphitheater to remember those struggling with or lost from addiction.

The Mercer County Coroner says the county averages between 20-25 overdose resuscitations each month.

Since January, they’ve had 25 overdose deaths.

.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s