WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE) – On Saturday, individuals walked at Davis Park in Winnsboro to recollect lives misplaced as a result of drug epidemic.
Lilly Harvey acquired a name no dad or mum imagines taking. Her daughter handed away from a fentanyl overdose.
Harvey, who struggled with medicine herself, was an intern at a faith-based inpatient alcohol and drug rehab heart that helped flip her life round.
In search of advocacy, she couldn’t discover a group in central and north Lousiana. So, she created her group “Millie Mattered” and seeks to achieve out and assist others grieving a loss.
Harvey joined Drug Epidemic Stroll Throughout America as a coordinator and is working with Contemporary Begin Ministry to placed on walks.
“To point out everyone that primary the faces on these banners, they appear to be you. They appear to be me,” Harvey mentioned. “It’s so stigmatized what dependancy appears to be like like. The second factor is to achieve out to individuals who need to make a change, who want therapy.”
The group walked with greater than 25 banners of three,000 faces which were misplaced to the drug epidemic.
Government Director Clay Russell with Contemporary Begin Ministry says he’s happy with the attention Harvey has dropped at drug overdoses.
“With the ability to workforce with Miss Lilly and Millie Mattered is an enormous deal for us as a result of we simply need to unfold this phrase everywhere in the United States to let individuals know that this can be a downside. However, there are answers. There are methods out with out overdosing,” Russell mentioned.
Harvey believes everybody wants to come back collectively to cease this and walks like these assist.
“It symbolizes that we’re not alone. There’s different individuals and households which might be like us. There are folks that have gone by means of dependancy which might be in recovering which might be right here doing their greatest to volunteer and placed on a operate like this that may make a change in peoples’ lives,” Harvey mentioned.
There’s one remaining stroll deliberate for Friday, Mar. 19 in Lafayette at 5:30 p.m. at Girard Park.
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