Second Annual Recovery Walk held Saturday

Photos by Madeline Scarborough Members of the community take part in the Recovery Walk organized by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board.

MARIETTA — Substance abuse has impacted almost everyone in the United States, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel — the survivors and volunteers carrying a torch to lead others out of the darkness.

September is National Recovery Month and in honor of that, community organizations are reaching out to spread the word and share available resources with people throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The second annual Recovery Walk was held Saturday at Muskingum Park, organized by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board. It featured booths filled with information on available resources in the area.

Many people gathered to spread the word of recovery and show others that it is possible to fight back.

Shirts were worn that said “Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others”.

Washington County Health Department Director of Nursing Angie Rarey demonstrates how to administer Narcan to Monna Bennett of Washington, W.Va., Saturday.

Angie Rarey, director of nursing for the Washington County Health Department, was there training people on how to administer Narcan if someone is overdosing on opioids or how to respond if Narcan is unavailable while waiting for help to arrive.

“Monitor their breathing and use rescue breaths if needed,” Rarey said. “Put something cold on (the) back of (the) neck to help wake up the nerves and perform CPR if needed.”

It’s important to roll an overdosing individual onto their side so they don’t choke on anything, she said.

Rarey also runs the CharmEd program, Washington County’s Harm Reduction Education effort, which collects needles from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays at First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, and provides HIV testing on the third Thursday of every month.

The county’s Opioid Resource Navigator Brandi Beaver said for people looking for recovery assistance can check out the online resource directory at MyRecoveryLink.org.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com


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