Raising Awareness with the Flashlight Walk in Sault Ste Marie

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and tonight in Sault Ste Marie – you can take part in an event to mark the day. Flashlight WalkJennifer Harding, a recovering addict of 15 years has organized the Flashlight Walk 2020.

The walk starts at Rite Aid on the corner of Easterday and Ashmun – then head north on Ashmun, then walk past war memorial hospital and end up at the courthouse and county jail. Harding says this walk represents where you could end up when addiction takes over your life – being admitted to the hospital – or ending up in jail.

She says it doesn’t have to be this way.

“I want people to want to get help to know who to go to who will help,” says Harding “…so it’s important that we all come out and support the event because whether you are in recovery or not in recovery, or inactive use or have just been affected by a family member or friend’s alcoholism or addiction, everybody needs to come together.  a support system is vital for early recovery and I really believe in my heart that if people help people, we will get there.  it’s what it’s really all about”.

T-shirts will be given out at the start of the walk and free Nar-can will be distributed at the end of the event, for those who want it.

Starting tomorrow – Grand Traverse County is hosting a walk and roll event to promote wellness and fitness throughout the community.

From September first through the twenty-seventh they want to challenge participants to walk, run, bike, skate, or roll to boost their physical and mental health.

This is a virtual event – and you can join the fun from anywhere.

For more information about prevention, and Families Against Narcotics, click here.

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