LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A rally was held in downtown Louisville today to commemorate
International Overdose Awareness Day.

Advocates lobbied for a more forceful federal response to the prescription opioid epidemic.

Congressman John Yarmuth and Attorney General Andy Beshear were both in attendance, talking about the growing epidemic in Louisville.

Attendees say they want more government funding to go towards addiction treatment. Many of them shared stories about how quickly opioid addiction has ruined a loved one’s life.

There will also be a rally and candlelight vigil tonight in Frankfort.