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Promote Opioid Awareness Friday with Black Balloon Day

Hilliard residents and businesses are encouraged to display black balloons outside on Friday, March 6, as part of a national effort to bring awareness of overdose deaths tied to America’s opioid epidemic.

They also are encouraged to post pictures of their balloons to social media with #blackballoonday and to tag the City of Hilliard’s social media feeds.

Black Balloon Day also recognizes City of Hilliard efforts to establish Hilliard Recovery Court and increase awareness of the City’s efforts to provide access to treatment options.

Health Awareness and Recovery Together (HART) Hilliard and the Hilliard Recovery Court will hand out filled helium-filled black balloons at three locations on Thursday, March 5:

  • From 1 to 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Hilliard Public Library.
  • From 5-8 p.m. at The Olive Tree, 3185 Hilliard Rome Road.
  • With free delivery to local businesses upon request to harthilliard@gmail.com.

In addition, several volunteer organizations will be at the library to provide more information on treatment resources and support groups for families. HART will have a memory wall at the library featuring pictures of those whose lives have been lost to substance use disorder.

Those who would like to include a picture of a family or friend on the memory wall may email a photo with either the loved one’s name or a request to keep the name anonymous to harthilliard@gmail.com.

Black Balloon Day is a national and international event that brings awareness to overdose deaths.

Participating residents are asked to not release the helium-filled balloons because of the harm they can do to wildlife and the environment.

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