LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Voices of hope, a Central Kentucky hub for substance abuse recovery resources, held an event at Jacobson Park today in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day.

It saw over 30 treatment providers from across the State gather. They were offering overdose response training, H.I.V. testing, narcan, and more.

Voices of Hope Co-Founder Alex Elswick says the event is a way to grieve the loss of loved ones to drugs and alcohol

“And it’s really just an opportunity to memorialize the lives of people we’ve lost to drug and alcohol overdose. And to create a space of belongingness to people who haven’t belonged anywhere else. Um, we have a space dedicated to the people we’ve lost. It is kind of a safe space to grieve. It’s really just a place to be with your tribe”

The gathering was the 8th of its kind held in Lexington.

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