Triangle campaign hopes to break stigma of opioid addicts ::


According to the CDC, more than 93,000 people overdosed in 2020 in the United States, and opioids account for about 60% of those deaths.

Opioid addiction does not discriminate based on race, gender, socioeconomic status – people all over America are affected by addiction. The second annual People’s Summit on Opioids, which began on October 6, hopes to get this message across the Triangle.

Know Hope North Carolina has 3 billboards that feature photos of 200 people lost to drugs – two in Medbane on NC Highway 40 and one in Hope Mill.

“The purpose of the billboards is to remember those we have lost and to support those who are recovering and to give hope to the people who still struggle,” said Frieda MacDonald, who created the announcement. .

MacDonald lost his son Michael to a fentanyl overdose. She said her addiction was the result of grief over the loss of her brother, Steven, in 2012 to gun violence.

“I kind of wanted to come together on a banner and be able to tell people about my loss,” she said. “And other families started to reach out to me and say, I would like to add my person to your banner.”

The Opioid Summit is being held virtually this week with 60 speakers on topics ranging from finding recovery resources to what the state is doing to fight the crisis.

“We took information with love and compassion to the hearts of people,” said Marilyn Shannon, organizer of the People’s Opioid Summit.

In a city where methamphetamine eclipses opioids, everyone feels the pain

Shannon said she hoped to educate others on “how they can support themselves, how they can help a loved one, how they can be on the lookout for someone they don’t even realize they are.” he could be in trouble “.

Freida said she hopes the campaign will break the stigma of drug addiction so more people seek help.

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