The Mercer County community will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day Tuesday evening. WBCB is set to livestream the event from Lawrence Township Central Park starting at 6 p.m.
Barbara Sprechman with the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction says the night is a time to focus on the ongoing opioid crisis.
“We have to do everything we can to stop it,” said Sprechman. “We have to do this for all the people that we’ve lost.”
There will be several guest speakers sharing their stories, a memorial display, a candle light vigil, and vendors.
“We’re asking folks to bring either a picture, a memento,” said Sprechman. “Sometimes people will bring a pair of shoes, or they’ll bring something the person wore, or even a poem or a letter that they’ve written.”
There will also be an unused medicine drop box, a Narcan demonstration, plus recovery and treatment resources and connections.
Lawrence Township, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County, and the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, coordinated to organize the International Overdose Awareness Day event. The livestream will be available here.
Overdose deaths in Mercer County since 2016:
- 2016 – 59 deaths
- 2017 – 106 deaths
- 2018 – 138 deaths
- 2019 – 119 deaths
- 2020 – 128 deaths
- 2021 (through June 30) – 66