The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition and Newcomerstown Community Action Network have partnered to host the second annual Tuscarawas United Addiction Awareness Rally.
The rally will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the David Barber Civic Center, 1066 E. State St., Newcomerstown.
The event will feature live music, speakers, food, inflatables, face-painting, games and raffle prizes. Several area organizations that provide substance abuse prevention and treatment services will be on hand to share information about their services and answer questions.
Pat Cadle, mayor of Newcomerstown, said the rally will be a positive environment where families can have a great time, but also gain a better understanding of addiction and the many services available in Tuscarawas County.
"The rally will deal with a serious problem that every community and many families in Ohio are dealing with," Cadle said. "Even if you don't know of any one affected, it still affects you as part of this community."
In 2016, over 4,000 people in Ohio died from unintentional drug overdoses the highest in the nation. Ohio currently is outpacing that toll in 2017.
"The Rally does not solve the problem," said Cadle. "It is the beginning of addressing the problem. The problem does not just go away because the police arrest someone or someone else overdoses. We have to first be informed citizens and understand what the problems are, how they affect each of us, and then plan out what we can do."
For more information, call the mayor's office at 740-498-6313.