Kent State to Hold “Rise Up to Heroin/Opiate Addiction” Event
By Holly Disch
Kent State University Police Services, Portage County Health Department, Kent State’s Psychological Services and Kent State’s Office of Health Promotions are collaborating to hold “Rise Up to Heroin/Opiate Addiction” on Oct. 25, from noon to 8 p.m. on the K at Risman Plaza.
Rise Up to Heroin/Opiate Addiction is an event to raise awareness of the opiate epidemic through writing with chalk, speakers and a candlelight vigil. Kent State students, faculty and staff are invited to write stories and awareness messages with chalk for loved ones affected by the opiate epidemic.
Speakers will begin at 7 p.m., including Becky Lehman from Portage County Health Department and Maureen Keating from Kent State’s Psychological Services. A recovering Kent State student, to be announced, will speak during the candlelight vigil about their journey.
“It is important to hold this event to bring awareness to the opiate epidemic and how it has affected everybody,” says Tricia Knoles, Kent State Police Services community resource officer. “It doesn’t matter what class, race, religion or background. Heroin and opiates are nondiscriminatory.”
Lehman will speak about Project DAWN, a community-based drug overdose education and Naloxone (Narcan) distribution program, and set a future date for any groups that want to receive free education on Narcan training.
The event is free and open to the Kent State community. No registration is required. For more information, contact Knoles at 330-672-3070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.