Rome, N.Y. - Unity Day was held at First Presbyterian Church in Rome on Saturday. It's the 16th time it has been held, and this one couldn't have come at a more urgent time.
Rachel Geary, a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor at Rome Memorial Hospital was the first speaker of the day.
Geary says there were two non-fatal overdoses here in Oneida County on Friday, bringing the total to 23 over the past two weeks, including seven deaths.
The community forum is designed to gather local resources regarding addiction and how to prevent it and treat it.
Jodi Warren, Family Life and Recovery Director of Prevention Services was one of the speakers. Warren says it's so important right now for everyone to unite and fight this epidemic, "When you’re looking at the scope of the issue, we all have to come together as a community and we have to bring each piece with that so we’re talking prevention is critical we need to do more prevention at an earlier stage in life getting out to the school districts preventing this issue before it happens. We need to talk about this more often to."
The date for the next Unity Day has not yet been set.