This Morning: “Unite to Face Addiction” rally aims to change stigma around addiction

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Hundreds of people will gather at Michigan’s Capitol building this morning for the 4th annual Unite to Face Addiction rally.

The event runs from 10AM-4PM on Friday, May 17th.

Organizers say the rally is about more than just raising awareness, it will also be a place where people can go to find resources.

This can be for someone they know or even for themselves.

There will be more than 70 tables full of people willing to help.

Plus, several local speakers will share their stories all while advocating for mroe access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services state-wide.

According to state officials, prescription drug use is a serious problem in Michigan.

In 2017, more people died from drug overdoses than in car crashes in our state.

Naloxone training will also be offered during the event.

Naloxone is the drug used to reverse an opioid overdose, which could save someone’s life and can now be bought in pharmacies without a prescription.

Organizers say they hope the rally will change the way people think when hearing the word “addiction.”

“The stigma behind addiction is that those people are less than citizens. That those are people maybe under bridges drinking out of a bag and that’s not the case anymore. We’re finding that it’s your high school cheerleader, it’s someone that doesn’t look like they could be an addict. It could be anyone,” says Kathy Reddington, Board of Director for Unite to Face Addiction Michigan.

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