Black Balloon Day – March 6, 2018, to remember those lost to addiction.
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Black Balloon Day has become a national and international event, bringing awareness to overdose deaths. The City of New Castle has experienced five overdose deaths since December of 2017.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 63,600 lethal drug overdoses in 2016. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 42,000+ overdose deaths related to prescription opioids and illicit opioids (heroin and illicit fentanyl.)