BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Overdose is something that can affect all walks of life in many different ways.

International Overdose Awareness Day gives people in recovery or people that have suffered from overdose a place to see all of the resources in the community.

There are many resources in this area that people are unaware of. Michael Hadley is the CEO of International Overdose Awareness, and he explains why that is the reason these events are necessary.

“The people don’t know where the resources are available. The stigma that comes along with it like oh, he has been raised bad or that family is this or that. Overdose and addiction can happen to anybody.”

Not only were there resources here to help those in recovery, but there were also booths that taught people how to prevent overdose from happening. This is what representatives from Indiana State University were doing here tonight.

Anton Van Metre is a physician assistant student at ISU and he explains why preventing these things are so important to him.

“I know a lot of my friends and family that have suffered from substance abuse disorders, so I saw it directly affect me. Any way that I can prevent either substance abuse or overdose is what I want to focus on.”

The road to recovery is a long road for some. However, saving one life has the power to change many generations.

“We want the crowd to come because there is someone in that crowd that is going to need to hear the message or is going to need the Narcan to use to be able to save someone’s life. To refer someone or inspire, or lead someone to having their live saved,” added Hadley.

Anyone interested in donating to this organization can click the link here.