Free overdose awareness event happening in Pitt County Thursday

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PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Volunteers in Pitt County are working to raise awareness on drug abuse.

The Pitt County International Overdose Awareness Day event will feature resources for family, friends and anyone who has or is struggling with drug addiction. It is happening from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Greenville on Thursday, August 29.

Volunteers say overdoses are the leading cause for accidental death under age of 50 and every eight minutes someone loses a loved one to drug abuse.

To help reduce the stigma surrounding overdoses, a number of vendors will be on hand to provide educational information regarding overdose, mental health, substance use disorder, disposing of medications properly, available support groups and more.

Sheriff Paula Dance will also be there to talk about the county's efforts to help with overdose, recovery and education among inmates.

There will be a Memorial Wall for those who have lost a loved one to drug abuse. Anyone who wants to memorialize them should bring a photo to post on the wall.

The event is free and open to the public.