ORLANDO, Fla. — A special service was held Wednesday to mourn the lives lost in Central Florida on International Overdose Awareness Day.
Local leaders attended an emotional ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Orlando to talk about solutions to this growing problem.
Those who lost a loved one shared their stories of hope, healing and action.
They were united by the same mission: to reduce drug overdose deaths and break the stigma surrounding it.
Health department data shows the alarming number of deaths from drug poisoning in Central Florida.
Data shows more than 1,000 people died from overdoses in Florida last year.
Brevard and Orange counties both reported more than 350 deaths.
In Seminole County, Sheriff Dennis Lima said his deputies are deploying Narcan at record rates.
Narcan is a lifesaving medicine that can reverse the effects of an overdose.
Watch more in the video above.
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