Drugs and alcohol are a prevalent issue to college students; whether hearing about a party, having friends who do it, or knowing someone who has succumb to the devastating effects.
On September 26, at Riverview Park in Lock Haven, there will be the “Rally for Recovery” awareness walk for a “drug free tomorrow”.
Jennifer Lange, the project coordinator for the rally states, “a significant percentage of college students are involved in substance abuse. It’s normalized as college culture, but severe issues develop over time, and can have dramatic and traumatic effects.”
Earlier this year, Lock Haven University showed the movie ““The Anonymous People””, which brings attention to the stigma of addiction that will continue to hurt those affected by the disease. When Lange saw the movie it showed her that addiction affects many people and she wants the community to find hope in recovery.
Advocates for A Drug Free Tomorrow, one of the sponsors for the rally, help provide community-based solutions and awareness year round and Lange is proud to be a part of it.
At the rally there will be live music, free food, games, obstacle courses and a dunk tank. There will also be tables with information about community resources for those in active addiction and their families.
Along with Drug Free Tomorrow, another sponsor for the rally is West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.
Registration for teams will start at noon, but you can also register online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked what she wanted students to know about the cause Lange said, “I would like students to know that, if they or someone they know is in active addiction, there’s hope.”