Bands take a stand against heroin Saturday with Lake Worth benefit concert

Alarmed by the increase in overdose deaths, a Lake Worth music venue is hosting a benefit concert Saturday to raise awareness to the heroin epidemic.

BANDS AGAINST HEROINBands Take a Stand Against Heroin will feature 11 acts at Propaganda at 6 South J. St. It starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

There’s a minimum $5 donation for entry, with the proceeds supporting the Florida Harm Reduction Initiative

Jon Jordan, co-owner of Propaganda, said he came up with the idea for the benefit concert because of so many heroin overdoses affecting local families, including those of artists and musicians who frequent his club.

“It was pretty much like, “Let’s do something about this. Let’s do something positive,’’ Jordan said.

He said he hopes the benefit will help eliminate the stigma of addiction, which he said few people realize is a disease.

When he posted a call for bands on social media, he noted some responses that poked fun at the event and accused addicts of making poor choices.

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The Drip Effect

“But there were so many others who said, ‘Thank you for doing this,’’’ Jordan said.

“You’ve got to start the conversation. Awareness can go a long way. If one person hears about this and it saves a life, then it’s worth it.’’

Aces High Tattoo Shop is sponsoring the event.

“All of us in the music and arts scene know someone who is affected by (the heroin epidemic,” said John Wylie, co-owner of Aces High.

“It’s a big problem. It was important for us to lend our support.”

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