A “Wellness Walk for Recovery” will set at Heckscher Park at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of National Recovery Month.
September is designated to increase opioid awareness, celebrate those who are living in recovery and encourage people to seek help with drug problems.
National Recovery Month started in September 1989 in order to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices.
“It’s important that the town is doing this. And as much as we talk about overdoses, we sometimes don’t spend enough time talking about the success stories,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, president and chief executive officer of Family and Children’s Association.
He also said, “We’re coming out of Covid and while this region had gained a lot of ground reducing fatalities, the numbers are right back up. The amount of anxiety, and depression has risen, alcohol sales are up, and cannabis is legal to possess so more and more are turning to cannabis. The reality is that for some folks, theyre going to develop a problem.”
The event starts at 11 a.m., and includes music, face painting, a resource fair and a food truck.