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12-year-old Indiana boy highlights the struggles of opioid addiction in families

Posted at 1:34 PM, Oct 27, 2017

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Addiction touches more than just the user in a family.

That's the message 12-year-old Avery Elmore hopes to convey this weekend, during a special awareness event in Madison County on October 28th.

His unique perspective and his young voice are expected to shine a light on the struggle for families of opioid users and the easy access to such drugs.

Avery will speak at the Madison County Addiction Awareness Day, which will focus on educating families and community partners about the disease of addiction.

Treatment options will also be available, along with Naloxone training and free kits. 

The Addiction Awareness Day begins at 2 p.m. at Bridges of Hope, located at 2200 Madison Square in Anderson.

Avery Elmore will speak at 3 p.m., with his personal account of how drug addiction affects children and families.

The event is organized by Indy-based Overdose Lifeline and Bridges of Hope.

In a previous interview with RTV6, Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger called the county's struggle with opioid addiction an "epidemic."