A rally to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic is set for Aug. 2 at Lakeview Park, 1800 W. Erie Ave., in Lorain at 6 p.m.
Speakers Lorie Pinero, whose daughter Tera died of a heroin overdose in January, will speak at the event along with others including representatives from Surviving Our Loss and Continuing Everyday, Let’s Get Real Inc., and other members of the community involved in the fight against heroin.
Pinero said current and former drug addicts will give testimonials along with other family members who have lost loved ones.
There will also be counselors on hand and resources for those seeking help.
For Pinero, who has lost one daughter and has another addicted, the heroin epidemic is something of which people need to be reminded and something that the community must fight back against.
“I want to bring awareness to this,” Pinero said. “I understand what this does to families.”
Pinero helped organize the first successful rally at Lorain City Hall in June involving 100 people and she hopes the rallies continue to grow.