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Walking out for Recovery in Greenville

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

On Saturday, more than 100 people showed up for the 4th Annual Recovery Walk in Greenville.

In 2012, 1140 people in North Carolina died from prescription drug overdoses.  In recent years, law enforcement says the number of people abusing prescription drugs is on the rise.

On Saturday, the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse held an event to educate the public about drug and alcohol addiction prevention and treatment.

9 On Your Side's Jeff Varner emceed the event, which featured music, demonstrations, a recovery poster contest, a one-mile walk.

The coalition also partnered with the Greenville Police and held a medicine drop. Police set up a mobile command unit where people could properly dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications.

Crystal Dodson, marked 76 days of clean of her pain pill addiction by attending the event.

"I thought I would be on pills the rest of my life. I wasn't ever going ever be clean. I just didn't think I could ever be where I am. I think I'm in the best time of my life. I make sure every second counts now," said Dodson.

Dodson’s light up poster won her first place in the recovery poster contest.

PCCSA Executive Director, Elizabeth Lee, says there are an estimated 600,000 people in North Carolina in recovery. She says that number is a testament of hope for those suffering from addictions.

For more on the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse click here.

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