WARREN, Ohio - With umbrellas in tow, law enforcement officers, health and government officials, members of neighborhood groups and families touched by addiction walked the streets of Warren Saturday to show their alliance against drugs and violence.
"It is not only effecting the communities, but it is effecting families and that is why a lot of us are here because our families are addicts and we want to get the word," said Teri Boggs of Newton Falls.
With candy for the kids and educational materials about the heroin and opiate epidemic for the adults, the group is spreading the word number of topics including signs of drug abuse, how to find treatment for drug addiction, numbers to call to anonymously report criminal activity and ways to take a stand against drugs and violence.
"All neighbors work together with the police vise versa, city officials and make the community much stronger and just to say, 'Hey, you know what? We are not going to let all of these things come in here and destroy us,'" said Warren resident Elizabeth Balint.
"We are trying to hit all of the neighborhoods, as many as the sections of Warren as we possibly can. It is a combination of county, city, a lot of different people working together to make Warren a better place in which to live," said Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.
Saturday's walk is the second of four anti-drug, anti-crime marches planned for the city of Warren. On September 21st, the group will host its final rally in downtown Warren for the entire community to learn more about bringing change to Trumbull County.