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The second annual recovery walk was held at Muskingum Park in Marietta on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

MARIETTA – Drug addiction has affected almost everyone in the United States, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel – survivors and volunteers carrying torches to bring others out of the dark.

September is National Recovery Month and in honor of it, community organizations are reaching out to spread the word and share available resources with the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The second annual recovery walk took place at Muskingum Park on Saturday, hosted by the Washington County Behavioral Health Board. It featured booths filled with information about the resources available in the region.

Many people have come together to spread the word of recovery and show others that it is possible to fight back.

Shirts have been worn that says “Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others”.

Washington County Director of Nursing Angie Rarey demonstrates how to administer Narcan to Monna Bennett of Washington, W.Va., on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Angie Rarey, director of nursing for the Washington County Department of Health, was there to train people on how to administer Narcan if someone overdoses on opioids or how to respond if Narcan does not. is not available while waiting for help to arrive.

“Watch their breathing and use breaths if necessary” Rarey said. “Put something cold on (the) back of (the) neck to help wake up the nerves and perform CPR if necessary. “

It’s important to roll an overdosed person onto their side so they don’t choke on anything, she said.

Rarey also leads the CharmEd program, Washington County’s harm reduction education effort, which collects syringes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, and offers HIV tests on the third Thursday of every month.

County Opioid Resource Navigator Brandi Beaver said those looking for recovery assistance can check out the online resource directory at

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at [email protected]

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