NYPD holds Coney Island walk to raise opioid addiction awareness

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The NYPD organized a walk along the Coney Island boardwalk Sunday to spread awareness about opioid addiction.

Michael Balioni was persuaded to put the Walk For Hope after his wife's battle with addiction. He candidly spoke to a crowd before the walk started about his wife who has been sober for two years.

Elected officials also expressed their support and shared their personal testimonies. State Sen. Diane Savino says she grew up in a family "crippled by alcoholism."

At the end of the walk, pink roses were released out into the water to remember those who have died from opioid addiction.

The NYPD says the goal of the event is to end the social stigma that comes with the disease. They say talking about it can bring everyone closer to ending addiction.

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