They organized a march next month designed to spotlight the heroin epidemic and the recovery movement.
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The Steps of Hope for Recovery march is Saturday, May 17.
Want to go?
•WHAT: Steps of Hope for Recovery, awareness march to recognize addiction issues
•WHERE: In Sandusky, from Washington Park gazebo to Erie County Courthouse lawn
•WHEN: 9:30 a.m. May 17
•WHO: All community members can participate. Those impacted by an addiction issue in any way are encouraged to attend. Community resources and agencies that help people deal with substance abuse issues will also attend.
“We need change in the recovery process right now,” said Sherwood, of Vermilion, whose son Andrew Weaver died a little more than a year ago from a heroin overdose. “People are getting thrown into jail instead of going to rehab. “They are being treated as criminals, and we want to try to get some awareness about the need for change”
Prentice also lost a son to a drug-related incident.
“The main reason we decided to get involved is to try to spare other families from going through the pain and anguish of losing a loved one to an overdose” she said. “It is by far the most painful experience of our lives. If more people are open and talk about addiction, maybe we can truly start to fix the problem”