Walking to raise awareness about drug addiction

Commemorating those who lost their lives to drug addictions

By Gretta Patrick | gpatrick@whbf.com

Published 08/29 2015 10:54PM

Updated 08/29 2015 10:54PM

Commemorating  those who lost their lives to drug addictions, that was one of the goals of the Quad Cities 'Overdose Awareness Walk.' 
 
The event started in Davenport's Lafayette Park, and then walkers crossed the Centennial Bridge.
Survivors of drug addiction and families of those who have died of overdose came out to walk, raise awareness for addiction, and make sure people who are struggling can get the help they need to prevent a fatal overdose.
 
The sister of an overdose victim, Sarah Wilkin said, "This kind of stuff happens all the time, and it's kind of taboo to talk about it, but when you talk about it I feel like it's going to help other families, and raise awareness, and get resources. "
 
After the walk, speakers read the names of local residents who lost their lives to drug addictions. 
There were also lawmakers at the walk, talking to families about their hope to pass legislation that could make getting help easier for Iowans.

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