WILKES-BARRE -- People in Wilkes-Barre came out to raise awareness about an epidemic that continues to take lives at home and nationally.
Hundreds gathered in Kirby Park Sunday afternoon to join a conversation about drug addiction and the rising number of deaths due to drug overdoses.
Some local foundations and coalitions hosted the event which featured speakers from all walks of life, including local lawmakers, recovering addicts, and folks who have lost loved ones to addiction.
Newswatch 16 spoke with an overdose survivor who says many times it's difficult to spot an addict which makes it hard to understand just how widespread addiction really is.
“Most people you can't even tell that they are, you know. Unfortunately, some people who are involved in it for 20 plus years, it really takes a hold on them, you know,” said Kerry Krasniak of Kingston.
The event here in Wilkes-Barre also featured a walk for remembrance, balloon release, and training on the lifesaving tool, Narcan.