The second annual Addiction Awareness Rally took place on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Ponderosa parking lot. Many came out to support the anti drug lifestyle as they have experienced heartbreak and pain in their lives due to addiction.
Ann K. and David C. spoke to the crowd about their struggles with addiction and the long battle it took to become clean. Their stories were full of inspiration and hope for families that have someone dealing with their own battles.
Tammy Boone and Chris Duren addressed the group with tears as they opened up about their loss. Both were mothers of children who lost their lives to an overdose. Boone and Duren were a support system for each other while they had to deal with their “new” lives without their loved ones. Both children were taken by the use of heroin and were involved with the same drug dealer.
Lisa Sitler gave a brief speech about Lincoln County history since she has been coroner. She said there have been four confirmed overdoses since January. Sitler also stressed the importance of speaking to children at a young age about the risk of drug use and how it can affect their lives and the lives of everyone around them.
The event had musical performances from Denver Wade Trent and the Recovery Band and face painting by Art – C. There were stations set up with information on ways to help loved ones and support groups. Hot dogs, chips and beverages were provided for the crowd free of charge.
The rally ended with a balloon release for all those who have been lost due to drug abuse. The rally was put together by the D.A.R.T. program to bring awareness to the community and to help those who need it.