BUCYRUS — The holiday season brings joy and happiness to many, but for those battling drug or alcohol addiction and the ones who love them, it can be a time of deep sadness.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, the number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2014 to 2015, driven by a significant rise in fentanyl-related overdose deaths. In 2007, unintentional drug poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes for the first time on record. This trend continued through 2015.
Mary Jo Carle of Together We Hurt, Together We Heal said the group offers A Night of Hope to help people who are struggling remember that they are not alone.
“We know this can be a very hard time, not just for those who are battling addiction, but for their loved ones too. This event is to bring people together so that people realize they are not alone,” Carle said.
Carle said candles are lit during the event.
“We light a candle for those suffering in their addiction, one for those who are incarcerated or in rehabilitation during the holidays due to their addiction, one for those in recovery, and one for those who have died from their addiction. This includes the loved ones of these people also,” said Carle.
Carle said the main goal of A Night of Hope is to let people know they are not alone.
“We want people to know there is hope when it comes to addiction,” said Carle.
The Eighth Annual A Night of Hope begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church, 227 Hopley Ave., in Bucyrus and the public is welcome to attend.
“We will also be giving a small gift to all families who have been affected by the drug issue with a small gift and refreshments will be served,” Carle said.
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