Day of Remembrance for Those Lost to Opioid Addiction and Their Loved Ones.
On March 6th The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Allegany County Health Department, Substance Use Disorder Sub-Committee, The Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., and Local Law Enforcement agencies from Cuba, Wellsville, Andover and Belmont came together to remember and pay tribute to the individuals who have succumbed to opioid addiction in Allegany County. The display of black balloons outside the Allegany County Sheriff’s office and other local law enforcement agencies pay silent tribute to the victims of opiate addiction. The event’s objective is to increase awareness of the daily struggles faced by members of our community who suffered the loss of a loved one, and those who are still battling, working tirelessly to help their loved one manage their addiction.
“We are truly saddened by the loss of members of our community to opioid addiction, “said Kay Middaugh, Substance Use Disorder Coordinator for Allegany County. Their memories inspire us to work together to help others affected by opioid addiction overcome this challenge and prevent additional lives lost.
Black Balloon Day is a nationwide commemoration that originated in Peabody, Massachusetts by Lauren and Diane Hurley. Our mission is to support, participate in advocacy efforts and to develop an integrated support network for family and friends dealing with the effects of addiction in a loved one. It is hoped that if every person in America affected by this epidemic hung a black balloon outside their house, the widespread nature of addiction would be apparent and recognized in each community.