Michael McGonigal was one of the more than 2,500 people who participated in a walk Saturday through the streets of Eddystone Borough hoping to raise awareness about the alarming numbers of individuals who have died due to drug overdose.

“My brother, Joseph, died October 1, 2013,” said McGonigal. “He had been sober for six months, shot one bag of dope and was gone. Drugs are taking lives at a high rate and it doesn’t matter what color, sex, age or religion; it affects everybody.”

Countless t-shirts in varied colors bearing photographs of loved ones told of the personal stories and pain experienced by family members and friends who lost loved ones to the ravages of drug abuse.

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