A Sobering Rally
In the town of Jeannette there was a crowd of 150 people, who lined the sidewalks and stood in the middle of Second Street this past Sunday. As more than half a dozen speakers urged to “take back” their city. The rally was in hopes of, “ Rally for Peace,” with more and more crimes going on due to drugs the people of Jeannette are hoping their small act will make a big ripple. Residents spoke out; about how they need to help to be, the eyes and hears in the community; if you witness a crime, don’t be afraid to report it, the change has to begin from within. A young man of the community spoke out telling his story of recovery, and how there needs to be treatment facilities who are ready and available for those ready to seek treatment.
Any individual, who has ever had a substance dependency or has known a loved one with one, can vouch that there is only a small window of opportunity, that when an addict reaches out and says they want treatment, you need to use that time and get them there as soon as possible. With facilities so few and far between it creates such aggravation for those who are seeking to get the help they need. The stigma of addiction has to be broken, and more treatment availability could make a difference in many communities, not just Jeannette.