Monday, August 31, 2015

W.Pa. to observe International Overdose Awareness Day

From Pittsburgh-

The bell atop Trinity Cathedral, Downtown, will ring 31 times Monday — once for every 10 people in Allegheny County who died last year from drugs.

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will host a prayer service at noon as part of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Nearly 1,400 people died in the county during the past five years from drug overdoses. This year's death toll stands at 140 so far, mostly from heroin and other opiates.

“The problems relating to addiction and overdoses extend well beyond legal issues and medical emergencies. They involve personal, family and community struggles that the local religious and faith communities face every day,” said Andrew Muhl, a spokesman for CLEAR, or the Coalition for Leadership, Education and Advocacy for Recovery, a group working to fight addiction across the region.

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