Overdose awareness walk fighting addiction
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
The United States is experiencing an overdose epidemic.
In Sangamon County alone, 33 people have died due to drug overdoses in the span of three years.
That's according to the Department of Public Health.
In Springfield, people are working to cut that number to zero with the 5th Annual Overdose Awareness Day Walk and 5K Race.
The walk was held at Fairview park in Decatur.
The founder of the event, Kathy Burkham also hopes to bring to light the stigma that comes with addiction.
Burkham's passion for the issue grew after her son died of an overdose in 2009.
"Addicted people are beautiful, highly education people and addiction doesn't discriminate where you live, how much money you make, what kind of a job you have, what kind of car you drive. There's just absolutely no line of discrimination for people that are suffering from addiction," said Tyler Yount Foundation President Kathy Burkham.
Participants paid $25 to enter.
All profits will go back into the community to help educate people on drug overdose.