In light of the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic in the Erie area and across the state, Sunday was a chance to do something about it at the Break the Stigma Awareness Run/Walk at Presque Isle State Park.

The free event was aimed at shedding light on Erie's substance abuse and addiction issue and how it affects not just those battling the problem but their families, rescuers and the entire community as well.

About 250 people attended. Some 20 people formed the committee that put it all together.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook, an intervention specialist and a family who lost their son to heroin addiction all spoke at the event.

"I just want people to know that they're not alone, that there is help out there for them, and addiction doesn't have to be a negative thing," said Bret Imboden, outreach specialist for All-In Behavioral Health. "It's something you can turn into a positive."

Organizers also expect to have a monthly family meeting to offer support.