Remembrance Ceremony to honor drug overdose victims

BELLEFONTE — On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., the Centre County Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative will hold a Remembrance Ceremony to honor loved ones lost to an overdose.

The event will take place on the steps of the Centre County Courthouse, 102 S. Allegheny St. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Centre County Courthouse Annex on the third floor at 106 E. High St.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Purple Ribbon Project, which is also being sponsored by the Centre County HOPE Initiative.

In observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31, and September’s National Recovery Month, purple ribbons will be hung throughout Centre County to bring awareness to the important issue of substance use disorders, recovery and to remember the community members lost to an overdose.

Also, during the month of September, the Centre County Courthouse will be lit purple as well as the bridge at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte.

From 2014 to June 2018, there have been 80 drug related overdose deaths in Centre County. In 2016 alone, Pennsylvania saw 4,642 drug-related overdoses, a 37% increase from 2015.

If anyone is struggling with or has a family member struggling with substance use, we encourage them to reach out to the Centre County Drug and Alcohol Office at 814-355-6786.

For questions about the Remembrance Ceremony, please contact the Centre County HOPE Initiative at