I would like to thank all those who came out to show their support at the anti-heroin rally held in Dover this past weekend.
A special thank you to York County chief deputy prosecutor David Sunday, York County Coroner Pam Gay, Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley, Northern Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel, Dover Mayor Richard Pope, County Commissioners Chris Reilly and Doug Hoke, and John Popovich, chief of staff for state Rep. Seth Grove. These individuals took the time to attend the rally and show their support to those in attendance by letting them know their voices are being heard with regard to the heroin epidemic that is occurring in our communities and taking the lives of our loved ones.
A special thank you to Pizza Express for coming out and giving those in attendance free pizza. What a wonderful surprise. And another thanks to the gentleman who lived nearby who came with a cooler filled with water. This was a true act of kindness and caring.
Addiction is a disease, not a choice. Addicts are human beings and deserve to be treated as such. Until we take a stand to break this stigma and educate our children and public on the dangers of heroin and how it affects the addict and their families, nothing will change.
The problem we are facing with heroin isn't just a law enforcement or medical personnel problem. It's a community problem. Heroin does not discriminate. Addiction can happen to anyone at any time. We need to join together to raise awareness of the devastating effects of heroin and addiction.
I will continue to do my part in letting our voices be heard and spreading awareness anywhere and any way I can.
Again, thank you to everyone for their support. Together we can and will make a difference.