Families touched by overdose deaths are encouraged to remember this time of year as a time to break down stigma. Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. In Rockford, families who have lost loved ones to addiction recently gathered to remember them in a symbolic way.
One by one, they dropped single stems of bright red roses into the Rock River.
Nick Shoudy was 20 years old when he died of an overdose involving Fentanyl. That was six years ago.