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Rally in Newark draws attention to opioid crisis, recovery

Dozens gathered at the Licking County Courthouse Sunday afternoon to tackle a personal problem in a public way. People shared stories of addiction at the rally, along with how it affected their families. (WSYX/WTTE)

NEWARK, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Dozens gathered at the Licking County Courthouse Sunday afternoon to tackle a personal problem in a public way.

People shared stories of addiction at the rally, along with how it affected their families.

A group called "Newark's Clean & Sober Til It's Over" hosted the event.

They said while addiction knows no boundaries, the event was also to stress the point that the correct treatment can help save lives.

"Recovery works. It's a thing that's kept quiet. It's all about the addiction, but not about the recovery also and it affects so many people," said organizer Melissa Heisler.

A DJ entertained the crowd as resources and information on treatment programs were provided to those who wanted assistance.

Organizers said they're planning a community walk to gain more support and to spread the word of hope and courage.

For more information, you can visit "Newark's Clean & Sober Til It's Over" on Facebook.

The Newark Police Division also launched "The Newark Addiction Recovery Initiative" to get residents connected with resource programs.

The Newark Division of Police can be reached at: 740-670-7200 or by email.

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