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Demonstration planned in Louisville on Friday for FED UP! International Overdose Awareness Day

Advocates in concert with International Overdose Awareness Day will demonstrate for a more robust federal response to the opioid addiction epidemic on Aug. 30 in Louisville.

The rally will take place at Jefferson Square Park (corner of 6th and Jefferson) starting at 11 a.m. and is organized by Emily Walden, Chair of FED UP!. It will be one of dozens that are scheduled to occur simultaneously in cities and towns across the United States coordinated by FED UP!, a coalition of organizations from across the country representing hundreds of thousands of families and individuals affected by the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

The Louisville rally will have resource tables, and naloxone training will be available. Speakers will begin at 11:40 a.m. and include Attorney General Andy Beshear, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley, President of Metro Council David James and more.

Demonstrators are calling on the federal government to take long overdue actions to deal with the root causes of the opioid addiction epidemic. More than 80 percent of heroin users were first addicted to prescription opioids.

The lawsuits filed against the pharmaceutical industry in the state of Kentucky are critical and must be handled appropriately to ensure these companies are held accountable for their actions. The two Attorney General candidates, Greg Stumbo and Daniel Cameron, have been invited to speak at this year’s event as the new Attorney General will be key in making this happen.

Many advocates at the rally have lost loved ones to opioid overdoses. “Addressing the root cause of this epidemic is imperative to ensure new addictions are prevented in the future,” said Emily Walden.

From FED UP!

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