Addiction victims remembered at today's Steps of Change


Today, 113 pairs of shoes were displayed on the sidewalk around Wick Park.

Each pair, tagged with a name, represented someone who died of a drug overdose in Mahoning County from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

The deceased ranged in age from 1 to 71, according to the Mahoning Chapter of Ohio Change Addiction Now (OhioCAN), which organized the event. Members of the public were invited to take part in a remembrance walk during the annual “Steps of Change.”

The event began at Wick Park and featured speakers at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., on the east side of the park, from noon to 5 p.m.

Read more about the event in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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