Support for Addiction Recovery in Peoria Brings Community Together
An event called the Peoria Recovery Project looked to reach a solution to the national drug abuse crisis and brought the local community together on April 21.
Their goal is to reach a solution to the national drug abuse crisis so their members focus on areas like uniting communities, promoting education surrounding addiction to remove the stigma encountered by those with substance use disorders as well as providing financial support for clinical detox and addiction treatment services.
Sharon Harkless, a local resident who lost one of her three kids to an opioid-related overdose almost two years ago had the idea for the project.
She looked to channel her pain into hope for other community members who have also been touched by substance use disorders.
So far, the initiative has received the backing of a number of stakeholders from the city, such as the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office as well as the Mayor of Peoria, the Police and Fire Department of the city, who have helped make the recent event possible.
Throughout the event, several resources and services were made available to the attendees.
Naloxone was distributed and training sessions on how to utilize the substance were a part of the day-long event. HIV screenings were offered to the public and access to safe disposal sites for prescription drugs was provided.
A variety of other local resource groups and booths were also present at the civic center.
The community members who were open about their struggles with substance use disorders got to receive the professional assistance they needed and the direction to find the best type of drug addiction recovery program.
Harkless explained that she is very hopeful to have the resources and support to be able to host the Peoria Recovery Project every year.