Monday marked the ninth annual Black Balloon Day, a national effort to remember those lost to drug overdoses.

There has been an increasing level of local awareness but that doesn’t mean the effort ends after one day, Family Guidance Center Integrated Behavioral Health Coordinator Beth Crumpler said.

Alex Simone can be reached at alex.simone@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter at @NPNOWSimone.

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