Loc­al res­id­ents or­gan­ize the Pink Ele­phant 5K Race to bring aware­ness to the drug epi­dem­ic fa­cing the River Wards.

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The Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DEA) re­leased an ex­tens­ive re­port, Ana­lys­is of Drug Re­lated Over­dose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2015, es­tim­at­ing there were more than 3,000 over­dose deaths last year in the state.

In 81 per­cent of those deaths, some kind of opioid was present.

Fentanyl was the second most fre­quently iden­ti­fied drug in over­dose deaths last year, and loc­al res­id­ent Dawn Han­ratty knows that tragedy per­son­ally and is one of hand­ful of res­id­ents or­gan­iz­ing a 5K to bring aware­ness to the is­sue.

She was com­pletely un­aware her daugh­ter, Am­ber, used fentanyl, and was shocked by her daugh­ter’s death in Septem­ber 2015.

As the one year an­niversary of her daugh­ter’s death ap­proaches, Han­ratty and her fam­ily still struggle to cope with the loss. The fam­ily now helps to raise Am­ber’s chil­dren, ages 2 and 6.

Read more at Star Community News. 

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