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Seventh annual Voices of Hope overdose awareness day set for August 24 at Lexington’s Jacobson Park


Voices of Hope is hosting the seventh annual Overdose Awareness Day event to celebrate recovery and support those impacted by substance use disorder. The event will also offer support to people who have lost loved ones to overdose.

Planned for August 24 at Jacobson Park in Lexington, the event will feature multiple speakers, including:

Alex Elswick is the co-founder of Voices of Hope and a person in long-term recovery.

• Christina Emery is a Recovery Coach in long-term recovery from addiction.

Laura Parrish, a mother who lost her son to overdose, will speak about turning grief into advocacy.

On-site services will include free services including Hepatitis A vaccinations by Fayette County Public Health Department, HIV and Hepatitis C testing by AVOL Kentucky, and naloxone kit distribution and training by Kentucky Pharmacists Association. Recovery Coaches from Voices of Hope will provide resources and support to people in or seeking recovery from addiction. Resources will also be available for family members and people who are grieving. More than twenty community organizations will host informational tables.

Guests are encouraged to bring photos of their loved ones for an interactive memorial space and to write messages of hope to share with others. After the event there will be a free picnic and a live performance by local singer/songwriter Chelsea Nolan.

From Voices of Hope


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