Medina County residents will host an event to raise awareness about drug addiction at 6:30 p.m. today on Public Square in Medina.
Three residents who have experienced the impact of heroin use first-hand have organized the meeting in the wake of Medina business owners opposing a drug treatment center that was scheduled to open in the city’s historic district.
The three organizers are Megan Blough, of Medina; Chip Jenkins, of Seville; and Thea Bittinger, of Litchfield Township.
Blough is the aunt of Brittnee Johns, 17, and Marc Johns, 23, Medina residents who died of heroin overdoses.
Jenkins lost his son, Alex, 26, to a heroin overdose in January.
Bittinger’s son is recovering from a heroin addiction in an in-patient treatment facility in Florida.
The event is free and open to the public.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and candles for a candlelight vigil.
There will be speakers and residents will share stories of recovery and loss regarding drug abuse.
There also will be a walk around the square with posters about addiction to help spread awareness.