OSSIPEE — International Overdose Awareness Day is Saturday, and White Horse Addiction Center at 70 Route 16B in Ossipee will observe the day with a rally from 1-8 p.m.

The New Hampshire Department of Justice has reported more than 400 drug overdoses a year for the past since 2015 (most of those are opioid related), peaking at 488 in 2017 — more than twice the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people.

The rally will have barbecue food and refreshments at a minimal cost and free live music entertainment and kid’s games.

All are welcome to attend the event, hear the stories of friends, families and people who have been affected by addiction, walk along “Resource Road” to learn about resources available and participate in creating a memoriam quilt.

The rally will include a candlelight vigil at the end of the night to remember and honor all of those have been lost to overdose. 

For more information, call (603) 301-0041.

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