CNY health organizations spread awareness about the growing opioid crisis
A moment of silence was held Wednesday morning at Helio Health’s Recovery Center in Syracuse to remember family members, loved ones or friends who have died because of a drug overdose. Katelin Arnold, the program director, led the group's moment of silence to mark National Overdose Awareness Day, which falls during awareness week and month.
"To remember those we've lost if you could hold your heart in your hand and light your candle and just take a brief moment," O'Donnell said.
The group held purple hearts bearing the names of their loved ones. People with addiction issues or those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one come to the Recovery Center for support, O'Donnell said.
"It's a facility that's open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and we're just here to support anybody in recovery, whatever that means for them. We have groups, we have a lot of different activities throughout the month, and just a safe space to be," she said.