LRADAC hosts annual Black Balloon Day remembering the lives lost to drug overdose

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – One local non-profit is doing what they can to honor the lives lost to drug overdoses. LRADAC says 172 Richland and Lexington County residents lost their lives to substance overdoses last year. The treatment center held its annual Black Balloon Day, with a special art installation of 172 black balloons in honor of the lives we’ve lost.

LRADAC Director of Prevention Ashley Bodiford tells us these balloons represent not only friends and family, but hopefully show the community there is hope in recover.

“Black Balloon Day has become a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths and LRADAC is honored to remember the lives we tragically lost to overdose in 2021,” said Ashley Bodiford, LRADAC’s Director of Prevention. “Each black balloon you will see in our special installation represents a person, someone who was loved by family or friends and we mourn their loss. LRADAC is committed to providing effective prevention, intervention, and treatment services to those in need, as well as disseminating resources that we know can help prevent overdoses from occurring.”

LRADAC is the designated alcohol and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland counties.

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