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International Overdose Awareness Day

“You may see a drug addict, you may see a prostitute. I see someone's child."
Posted: 11:21 AM, Aug 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-30 11:21:24-04

This Saturday is International Overdose Awareness Day.

“You may see a drug addict, you may see a prostitute. I see someone's child."

In the early hours of morning, drivers make their way along US 41 in Fort Myers to work.

Meanwhile, Ramona Miller’s working through the night to help those in need.

“What better way to solve the problem than being out here where the problem is," she tells FOX 4.

The problem? The opioid crisis.

Ramona, an Army vet, partners with the Florida Department of Health - operating out of her trunk.

For the last seven years, she’s been driving around the streets of Southwest Florida.

She calls it "being in the trenches".

Her trunk is fully stocked - ready to help.

By partnering with the Florida Department of Health, she hands out Narcan - the nasal spray that reverses the effects of drug overdose.

In addition to Narcan, Miller distributes additional items that she says can help those living on the streets including wipes, condoms, hygiene bags, pregnancy tests and shirts, amongst other items.

Miller receives donation to help serve our community through her organization “A Voice in the Wilderness Empowerment Center”.

This weekend, they’re hosting a “Light Up 41 International Overdose Awareness Day”.

Organizers say the evening will remember those who’ve passed away from drug overdoses. They’ll also focus on prevention. Narcan training and distribution will take place.

The event will be held at 2960 Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers from 7 - 10PM.