Stepping Out and Walking Against Drugs and Addiction

Deputy Coroner Steve Votaw and Brenda Crain Cummins

Deputy Coroner Steve Votaw and Brenda Crain Cummins

This Friday will be a special day for family, friends and those personally who have suffered with addiction.  The newly formed Anderson County HEROES will be sponsoring a walk to bring awareness to the drug addiction and substance abuse epidemic that is gripping Lawrenceburg and many surrounding counties.

HEROES was formed in March as a way for concerned citizens to join together to raise awareness, bring education about addiction, and also end the stigma of addiction for both the addicts and family members.  Many members of the group are themselves recovering addicts or are family members of those that are recovering.  Together, they are dedicated to helping everyone touched by addiction in Anderson County.

Since March, HEROES held their first walk at the Legion Park where over 100 people attended.  They have also reached out to city and county officials to discuss ways to bring more help to those in addiction.   The group, in only a few months time, has increased awareness of the epidemic to many people.

Their newest event, called the Community Walk Against Drugs and Addiction, will start this Friday at 6:30pm at the Anderson County High School.  Participants will be walking down the sidewalks on Broadway with posters and pictures to show support and remember those affected by addiction.

They will end at the Anderson County Court House where Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton and others will speak on addiction.  There will also be a balloon release for those in attendance whose family or friends have been affected by addiction.

The walk was planned to coincide with the Wheels of Time Cruise-In, which will also be occurring on Main Street, to allow for the largest audience.  A number of members of the community will be helping with the walk, including Dr. Mark Tussey, Steve Votaw, Danny Caudill and Richard Medley from the Anderson County Coroner’s Office.  They will be personally donating water for the walkers.  HEROES shirts will also be available to purchase to show support for the group.

For more information about HEROES, check out their Facebook page.

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