WILMINGTON, MA — Wondering what on earth these #1978/6 yard signs you are seeing could possibly mean? The idea behind them is exactly designed to make you ask that question.
These signs are to help make you and others aware of the scope of the drug and alcohol problem we are currently facing. In 2017, in the United States, there were more than 72,000 deaths resulted from fatal drug overdoses and related deaths. This number shows a more than 7% increase from 2016 and unfortunately the numbers are continuing to increase in 2018. Today, fatal drug overdoses represent a higher number of deaths than that reported for Breast Cancer; furthermore, the toll for drug related deaths is also higher than the causalities of military personnel during the 12 years of the Vietnam War (~58,000). There can be no doubt that indeed the War on Drugs is truly a war.
The number, 1978, is the number of fatal overdoses recorded in Massachusetts from the year 2017 and the number 6 represent the number of fatal drug overdoses which First Responders attended to in Wilmington in 2017. Sadly, the number (6) may be higher if a Wilmington resident overdosed out of town, and does not reference only Wilmington residents.
These signs will hopefully make us all aware of the scope of this problem for citizens who have lost their battle with addiction and provide empathy for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. The Wilmington Rotary Club hopes you will join us in this effort.
Should you wish to display one of these #1978/6 yard signs to bring a subtle but poignant awareness to this alarming crisis contact Samantha Reif at 978-694-2064 or Michael Burns at 508-574-7897.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Mike Burns of the Wilmington Rotary Club.)
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