On Tuesday evening, Aug. 27, Charleston Center, WakeUp Carolina and Mount Pleasant Police Department hosted an event for the community at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.

In support of Overdose Awareness Day, they gathered members of the community to join together for education on Narcan, community support and a remembrance ceremony honoring those lost to the disease of addiction.

The event schedule included an overdose prevention and Narcan training in the Cooper River room. WakeUp Carolina's executive director Nanci Steadman Shipman shared this was the largest community education and distribution they have done to date (started in November 2018) for their monthly Overdose Prevention/Narcan trainings with 75 in attendance.

Following the training, Charleston area public officials discussed solutions to combat the local overdose and opioid crisis. A Light the Path for Hope luminary ceremony was held in the park to conclude the event.

Shipman said the event gathered nearly 170 people altogether which was a testament to the need of community support and love during the crisis. For more information visit WakeUp Carolina's website or text or call 843-620-1568.