On Wednesday, Rutherford County residents took part in an event for the International Overdose Awareness Day.
The day focused on ending overdoses, remembering without stigma the people who died from overdoes and acknowledging the grief of family and friends left behind.
People will began with a one-mile walk Wednesday morning at the Day Reporting and Community Resource Center on Broadmor Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Remembrance balloons were launched just before the lunch hour at 11 on Wednesday morning.
The event included an educational piece to further provide community resources and overdose awareness training to guests. Five Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies work on grant funding for the STOP (Strategies and Tactics for Opioid Prevention) program to reduce opioid dependency through education, intervention, prevention and treatment. The deputies partner with the Prevention Coalition for Success, a sponsor for the event.
Other event sponsors included the Rutherford County Recovery Court, We Care, the Day Reporting and Community Resource Center, the Tennessee Department of Correction and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Again, the event took place on Wednesday in Murfreesboro.
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