West Virginia celebrated Overdose Awareness Day for the third year on the Capitol steps to remember those who lost their life to opioid addiction.
With the collaboration of Ryan’s Hope, Recovery Point, Jacob’s Ladder and other organizations, the two-hour event was meant to celebrate success stories and victories of those who have overcome drug abuse and addiction.
Founder of Ryan’s Hope, Cece Brown lost her son to a heroin overdose in 2014, and realized that she had to pick herself up and be proactive in honor of her son, Ryan.
“I remember Ryan saying to me right before he died, he said ‘Mom I’m trying, I’m trying.’ We try to stay on a positive end because I think that’s important,” said Brown.
Ryan’s Hope is an embodiment of the recovery community, allowing it to grow and flourish, and to help educate and spread awareness to the disease plaguing West Virginia, and all over.
“I’m very humbled, there are a lot of people not just me that are working hard. Small peace for me, just a lot of beautiful people, one of the things I always say is that we rather have Ryan back in a minute, but we’ve met such beautiful people working very hard along the way and we’re just grateful to be able to do that,” said Brown.
International Overdose Awareness Day is to be celebrated on August 31st, 2018.