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Addiction Policy Forum Massachusetts State Chapter Holds Candlelight Vigil to Honor Those Lost to Drug Overdose

By Addiction Policy Forum on Jan 23, 2019 4:00:00 AM

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2019 

Addiction Policy Forum Massachusetts State Chapter Holds Candlelight Vigil to Honor Those Lost to Drug Overdose

Local families honor the 192 lives lost each day

Bridgewater, MA —Addiction Policy Forum‘s Massachusetts State Chapter invites members of the community to a candlelight vigil to honor the local community members lost to drug overdose and other complications related to addiction.

The candlelight vigil will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church (91 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324) on Sunday, January 27th from 5 PM to 7  PM. Speakers include Susan Silva, Founder and Director of EB Hope; Maureen Cavanaugh, author of If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction and founder of Magnolia New Beginnings; and Ed Jacoubs, Director of Grants and Proposals at Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

The candlelight vigil will also include a Recovery Graffiti project hosted by local addiction resource center 24Hr Power, music by Claire O’Brien, a buffet dinner catered by Teen Challenge Brockton, and a remembrance video of the 192 people a day lost to addiction, as well as resource tables hosted by local organizations.

“My son Emmett was one of the 192 people in our country a day who die from overdose,” says Aimee Manzoni-D’Arpino, Addiction Policy Forum Massachusetts State Chapter Chair. “This event is for all of the family and community members like me who have been affected by this epidemic and want to connect to support each other.”

According to CDC data, 192 families per day in 2017 lost someone to a drug overdose - the equivalent of a plane crash in the U.S. every single day. At this candlelight vigil, impacted loved ones in the community will come together to remember those they have lost to the disease of addiction.

“I hope that this event will bring together the community in a way that brings comfort and support to those who have lost a loved one to addiction while making strides to end the stigma around this disease,” says Reverend Natasha Stewart of Trinity Church.

Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/addiction-policy-forum-ma-state-chapter-3rd-annual-night-of-remembrance-tickets-48437506887 to register for this event, and the 192aday campaign for stories honoring loved ones lost to drug overdose.

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