Dauphin County to host free outreach event to raise awareness for National Recovery Month in September

HARRISBURG, PA (September 20, 2018) – In recognition of National Recovery Month in September, Dauphin County and more than 80 health, wellness, treatment, education and employment vendors will hold the 4th annual Recovery Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the lower level, center court of Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., in Harrisburg. The free event is for all who are seeking to recover from addiction, mental illness, homelessness, incarceration, gun violence, health-related issues, unemployment and other challenges.

“Recovery Day is part of the county’s long-term approach to addressing the overdose and addiction epidemic,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who oversees Dauphin County’s Human Services. “This public health crisis is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. We’re trying to chip away at the stigma of addiction and offer support to those who are struggling with substance abuse or know a loved one who needs help.”

In 2017, a record 94 deaths were caused by overdose, up from 85 in 2016.

In an effort to prevent substance abuse, Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services will provide fun, educational activities for kids.

“One of the best ways to prevent drug abuse is through education,” said Chairman Jeff Haste. “We’re doing all we can to raise awareness about the danger of opioid abuse and appreciate our many community partners who have stepped up, year after year, to support this effort.”

The outreach event will begin with a free walk, sponsored by Pro-A, to raise awareness about Recovery Month. Anyone wishing to participate should meet at the center court. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m.

“Recovery Day is also about getting help with challenges like unemployment, homelessness, or loss of a loved one,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Please know that you’re not alone and we can help.”

For more information about this special event, facilitated by Dauphin County and a host of community partners, please contact Dauphin County Human Services at 717-780-6288 or visit www.DauphinCounty.org.