Hundreds Attend Hopestock

Paul BarrickJudy CraftDonna Drury

Hundreds gathered this past Saturday for a special event on the Lawrenceburg Green bringing hope and awareness for families suffering with drug addiction.

Called Hopestock, the event was created by the Anderson County HEROES, which is a local drug addiction recovery and support group.  Paul Barrick, president of HEROES, explained that the event served to bring awareness of the drug addiction problem that is affecting the county as well as offering hope that addiction can be treated.  “It almost affects every family one way or another in our county,” Paul said.

For the event, support organizations and representatives from around the country traveled to Lawrenceburg to unite their help in the cause.  “We believe if we can unite in one strong voice, we can make a difference,” Paul said.  Also presenting were a number of recovering addicts, and a traveling memory wall was present for those to remember loved ones lost to addiction.

In addition to presentations, a large number of prizes were given away from donations from local businesses.  This included a 2015 Ford Focus from Chrysler of Lawrenceburg.

According to organizers, hundreds of people attended the event throughout the day, making it one of the most successful addiction awareness events in the county. “This is one of the greatest events for the awareness of addiction here in our county,” Steve Votaw, chief deputy coroner, said.

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