Starke County is making strides in the war on drugs with regard to overdose deaths. Local health department officials say average of nine drug-related deaths were reported between 2008 and 2013, with numbers ranging between seven and 12 annually. Data from 2014 and 2015 indicates four overdoses, which is a significant drop.
Moving Starke County Forward is hosting its second annual Overdose Awareness Day vigil Sunday evening to raise awareness of the problem. It will take place at 6 p.m. at Wythogan Park’s Shelter 2.
Organizers say it will give the community an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of an overdose The event will also celebrate those in recovery who are determined to triumph over addiction. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of anyone they would like to honor.
Moving Starke County Forward volunteers have already placed ribbons on the Starke Hospital lawn in memory of each local life lost to an overdose.