Lexington Nonprofit Hosts 8th Annual Overdose Awareness Day
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – In 2020, nearly 2,000 people died of overdoses in the Commonwealth, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.
On Saturday, a Lexington nonprofit hosted an event to show support for all those affected by an addiction disorder. For a “Voices of Hope” recovery coach, events like this inspire them on their own journey.
In August 2021, Steven White can be seen showing off moves on the dance floor. Before she got sober on July 8, 2019, her life was different.
“The homelessness, no food, nowhere to stay, it was just a mess, so I had to surrender,” White says.
Now White is a recovery coach for Voices of Hope. It is an organization that helps people in recovery stay in recovery.
“I just want to give someone some hope,” White said. “Let them know if I can do it, you can do it too. “
The nonprofit held its 8th annual Overdose Awareness Day on Saturday morning at Jacobson Park. The event hoped to provide support to those in difficulty and remember those we have lost due to an overdose.
We are coming out of a dark year. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy reports that approximately 2,000 Kentuckians died of overdoses in 2020. That’s a 49% increase from 2019, according to Voices of Hope co-founder Alex Elswick.
“We really need to be connected, we need to have our tribe and be with our parents, and so the isolation from the pandemic has made it really difficult,” Elswick said. “But, I’ll tell you that the silver lining was the way people came together, online communities.”
For White, who still considers himself in the recovery process over a year later, events like this keep him going.
“If I can experience the strength and the hope with you, it actually helps me keep myself clean just for that day,” White says.
In 2020, more than 99,000 people overdosed in the United States, according to Voices of Hope.
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