Rockford- Saturday is International Overdose Awareness Day and Stateliners packed the YMCA in Rockford this morning to pay respects to loved ones they’ve lost due to drug overdose.
Drugs have become a huge problem in the Stateline. Since 2005, there have been more then six hundred drug related deaths in Winnebago County.
Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says “we have a much more problem with drugs then we do with homicide.”
Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia knows that first hand. She deals with grieving families on a regular basis.
Fiduccia says “the families have been through hell and back, and I’m here to do whatever I can do to make their lives just a little bit better.”
Organizer Bonne Falzone lost her son to a heroin overdose in 2011. She says events like these help with the healing process, and raising awareness to the problem.
Falzone says “I been able to cope though my faith. Other parents have actually helped me the most, and I think this is why Ann and I wanted to do this so much too is that we know that some of our greatest support have come from people who have walked in our path and been on the same road we have.”
And after the memorial, those on hand threw a rose in the Rock River in memory of their lost loved ones. They say they will continue to be there for each other.
Event organizer Ann Roberts says “we really wanted to get across to the community that there are so many loved ones that have died due to overdose, and we have no support groups to help those of us who are still left standing.”
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