HILLVIEW, Ky (WDRB) – August is International Overdose Awareness Month, but Saturday those who know the struggles of addiction personally educated others.

More than 100 people gathered at Zoneton Firehouse in Hillview to hear stories of addiction and how to overcome the disease.

The Bullitt Opioid Addiction Team (B.O.A.T.) hosted their second annual “Big Purple” event.

Addiction resources were available as Evzio rescue kits were handed out and attendees were trained on how to use the auto-injectors. The kits are funded by private donors and are not used with government grants of tax money.

“These kits are a necessity. We look at them like fire extinguishers. They should be in every home because you don’t know someone can overdose,” B.O.A.T. member Jennifer Punkin Stepp said.

To date, the Bullitt Opioid Addiction Team has provided more than $1.2 million dollars in Evzio overdose kits to the public.

One of the people who spoke in the meeting was Charlotte Wethington. Her son Casey died of a heroin overdose in 2002, and in 2004 “Casey’s Law” went into effect, allowing family members of an addict to legally intervene and get the person the help they need.

“The demographics don’t matter at all. That it can happen to anyone. It can happen in the best of families,” Wethington said.

B.O.A.T. holds several other events throughout the year.

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