Combating Drug Addiction in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE -- People who lost their lives to drug overdoses were remembered in Wilkes-Barre Sunday night.

The annual Overdose Awareness Day was held at Kirby Park in hopes of raising awareness for the growing epidemic of drug addiction.

The event featured music, basket raffles, food, and games and crafts for kids.


  • Larry Stokes

    First of all being a junkie / addict is not a disease. Stop trying to portray it as a disease. It is a decision. Cancer is a disease. These scumbag low lives of society decided to stick a needle in their arms. Nobody forcefully jammed a needle in their vein. Nalaxone is an enabler. Hey let’s shoot up and get as high as a kite because when we od the medics or the cops will save us with nalaxone. If I was a cop or emt you can bet I would forget to bring the nalaxone to save one of these fools. You want to get high, overdosing is the chance you take, it’s your decision. I have no sympathy for these dregs of society. The money spent on this nalaxone should be spent somewhere else of more importance and deserving. Junkies end up in 2 places jail and then the graveyard where they belong. I have no sympathy.

  • Blame the junkie

    Remember all this would be different if drugs were legalized. This mantra has been used for years. No amount if education , tv ads ,pleas from celebs will change a junkies mind. They have 2 choices give it up cold turkey or die.

  • Yeti Pro

    what’s to remember? my cousin stole money from his own parents and relatives, lied and cheated to pay for his drugs. bugged out of rehab 3 different times and parents tried to get him help and he ends up dead in a drug house with a needle in his arm. all of the other junkie friends of his didn’t even know he was dead. remember what? remember the sleepless nights, the bail bondsmen, the calls from rehab, the angry relatives? he did himself in and tore our family to ribbons.

  • Hurricane Harvey

    Yeah, I’m sorry that anyone has lost someone that they loved, but music, raffles, food, games, and crafts are a little too festive for something that should be very, very somber. Overdose Awareness Day is redundant.

    Addicts die because they’re addicts, not for any other reason. Bad drugs isn’t the problem, either. Each time someone shoots up, it’s a roll of the dice. We know enough about drug addiction and it begins in preschool and is hammered into children’s heads throughout grade school, middle school, and high school.

    • Lance

      I agree a fair with fun and games is not a sober reflection of those who lost loved ones to drugs. A moment of silence a roll call of those who died last year would be more appropriate than crafts and food carts

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