JPD to co-host “Hope, Not Heroin” rally

The Juneau Police Department and the Alaska Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse are hosting a rally to educate people on heroin addiction and to discuss heroin-related topics.

The “Hope, Not Heroin” rally, scheduled to take place 2-6 p.m. April 2 inside the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, will also offer support to people currently battling heroin addiction, as well as their friends and family who want to help them, according to a JPD statement.

The event will include live music, food vendors, addiction eduction, information on treatment and group discussions.

Representatives from Capital City Fire/Rescue will discuss over-the-counter drugs to stop active overdoses, and the Crime Line will provide containers to safely dispose of needles.

JPD Lt. Kris Sell said in a statement that education is the main goal of the event, but displaying community support for those in need is also important.

“Many active users feel very hopeless, believing that they have ruined their lives and hurt so many people that no one cares if they use heroin and even overdose,” she said. “In order to embrace the hard work of recovery, users have to have hope.”

For more information about the rally, contact Teri Tibett at 465-4765.

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