‘I don’t know anyone who’s not impacted’: Locals remember drug overdose victims with Chalk the Walk

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Across the globe, International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31 commemorates those who have been lost to drug abuse.

Toledo is no exception, with Promenade Park serving as the site for the fourth annual Chalk the Walk, hosted by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the event offered people a chance to draw the names of friends and family who had lost their lives to drugs in a communal mourning effort.

According to Zepf Center representative Ashley Kopaniasz, Ohio has the second highest level of overdoses in the country, and Toledo in particular is a hotspot in the state.

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