Hundreds Of People Join Together In Scranton For An Addiction Rally

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – We begin tonight with the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Heroin and prescription pill abuse continues to ravage the Commonwealth and our area is sadly no exception.

“It’s designed to kill now,” said William Haddon from Scranton.

Dozens of treatment booths were set up around the courthouse square, offering information for anyone who may be dealing with addiction.

A disease that affects all walks of life.

“I’ve lost my mother I’ve lost my cousin, I’ve lost countless friends and family members to the war on drugs,” said U.S Senate Candidate, Dale Kerns.

“I lost my sister in the 80’s to heroine so I got involved with Marty’s organization,” said Hadden.

“The goal is to have somebody leave right here today from this lawn and go directly into treatment,” said Organizer, Marty Henehan.

Marty Henehan helped put this event together, after his daughter Sammi battled an addiction for years.

“She ultimately relapsed and fatally overdosed on heroin on April 10th of 2016,” said Henehan.

Marty also started the slogan, “Stop the Whispers”.

“This is a disease that people suffer from silently in their living rooms,” said Henehan.

“Nobody likes to talk about it so now bringing it out in the open maybe people will ask for help more readily,” said Francine Cavezza from Scranton.

Sundays rally was an effort to stop future generations from being a part of the statistic.

“For all of the other Sami Henehan’s out there we need to be worried about them,” said Representative Matt Cartwright.

“It’s harmful to the community, it’s harmful to the patients it’s harmful to the family units,” said Pediatrician, Stan Blondeck.

“There’s not one person that can fix it. It’s not just government it’s not just the parent or a loved one it’s all of us together,” said Representative Lou Barletta.

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