Event Planned In Watertown for Overdose Awareness and Remembrance DayPosted: Updated:
Jefferson County continues to experience the consequences of an unprecedented prescription drug abuse and heroin crisis. Twenty-three lives have been lost in 2016 and thus far in 2017 twelve people died of opiate overdoses with seven more toxicologies pending.
On Wednesday, the Alliance for Better Communities and community partners will host the Community.Recovery.Action.Day event in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness and Remembrance Day.
Alliance chairman Steve Jennings appeared on 7 News at Noon on Tuesday to talk about the event. Click on the picture to watch his interview.
The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Watertown City Hall
The remembrance event will provide awareness and information about the disease of addiction; provide resources on where to get help for someone who is currently struggling with addiction; and provide a place of healing and remembrance for those who have lost loved ones due to addiction.
Elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from the recovering community will address event attendees. Community members are strongly encouraged to add a pair shoes or a clothing item of their deceased loved ones to the memorial. All items will be returned after the event.
The speaker line-up is as follows:
- MC of the Event – Stephen Jennings, Chairman, Alliance for Better Communities
- Scott Gray, Chairman of the Jefferson County Legislature
- Assemblywoman Addie Russell, Assembly District 116
- Kristyna S. Mills, Jefferson County District Attorney
- Joseph M. Butler, Jr., Mayor, City of Watertown
- Captain Mike LaBarge, Watertown Police Department
The ceremony will conclude with a candle-lighting ceremony to memorialize and celebrate all lives lost to addiction.