Enhancing Greater Akron is the mission of Akron-based young professionals’ group, Torchbearers. The group of emerging leaders has identified a series of causes that are critical to address in the community, and the opiate epidemic is top of the list.
On Wednesday, Oct. 25, The group will host its first fall fundraiser, “Art Against Addiction,” a silent art auction to raise funds to combat the opiate epidemic, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center in Bath. Proceeds will benefit Summit County Community Partnership’s drug disposal program known as Deterra, while supporting local artists.
Support of SCCP’s Deterra Project will remove thousands of unused prescription medications from the streets and out of the hands of those who are addicted or who may become addicted.
Unintentional drug overdose continues to be the leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio, ahead of motor vehicle crashes, suicides and falls.
The increased illicit use of a powerful opioid called fentanyl was a significant contributor to this rise in overdose deaths. Summit County had the third highest number of fentanyl-related unintentional overdose deaths in Ohio in 2016.
Over 50 pieces of artwork have been donated to the cause by amateur and professional artists from Northeast Ohio, including paintings, photography, wood carvings and blown glass, among other pieces.
Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for a door prize. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted for SCCP. The first 50 people to register and attend will receive a free piece of art.
The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center is located at 4125 Medina Road.
To RSVP, visit tbartagainstaddiction.eventbrite.com.