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Jake’s Reach – Community Meeting
August 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jake’s Reach, an Akron-based opiate addiction resource group, will give presentations throughout the city to spread hope and awareness.
Founder Frank Marr, an Ellet resident, said he started the group after the overdose death of his grandson in March.
“When we had his showing, we had it in a church and there were about 700 people who came,” Marr said. “At least 150 or 200 of them were kids just like him. The majority of them, I could tell from dealing with Jake, were in the same situation he was in.”
Jake’s Reach held its first meeting in Ellet in April, and Marr said 71 people attended. The following month, 125 people attended a meeting in Kenmore.
Marr, who said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s office has been supportive of his efforts, said he’s been attending the mayor’s town hall meetings this summer to let residents know about the meetings, which take place the following week in the same community.
The next Jake’s Reach meeting will take place June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Joy Park Community Center, 825 Fuller St., in East Akron.
Marr said there are two points he wants to make at the meetings.
“Heroin is killing our kids and silence is killing our community,” he said. “There’s too much shame associated with this and people don’t want to talk about it. We want to make the community aware of everything available to them through [the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board], through the fire department and through the police department.”
Marr said meetings will include demonstrations on using Narcan to revive someone who has overdosed.