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Valley group raising awareness of addiction epidemic

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BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -

More and more people in the valley are suddenly facing the realization that a member of their family has a problem with substance addiction, and feel that they have no place to turn.

Parents and other concerned people are banding together to raise awareness of addiction to heroin and other opiates, which according to Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine has reached epidemic levels.

A group, founded in Trumbull County, is now expanding into Mahoning County as well.

Members of SOLACE, which stands for Surviving Our Loss and Continuing Everyday, met in Boardman Township last night to begin making plans to educate the public on the realities of drug abuse.

They hope to help anyone affected by chemical dependency, especially the family members that surround an addict.

"This is a group where we want to get out and tell people, there's nothing to be ashamed of. Let's get this message out there and show people that there is help, where we can get it. For our children, for our family members that need this help right now.", said Laura McLaughlin who is the mother of a recovering addict.

Organizers are encouraging more people to attend the next meeting of SOLACE  which will be held on Sunday, June 29, at 6:00 P.M. at the Liberty Township Administration building 1315 Churchill -Hubbard Road.

For more information, contact Linda Spies at 330-307-8182 or lindyspies@gmail.com.


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