Vigil Honors Overdose Awareness Day
A vigil in a local park will bring awareness to addiction while honoring the individuals and families of those battling the disease. An Overdose Awareness Day vigil is set for Tuesday, August 27th at Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township. The event starts at 5:30pm and includes guest speakers, grief and recovery support and a candlelight memorial. This is the fourth annual International Overdose Awareness Day event in Mercer County sponsored by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, Mercer Council and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County. The Hopewell Valley community is the host for this year's event. Families are invited to bring photos, shoes or other momentos for a memorial table display that evening.
"This event honors those who have battled and continue to battle addiction, as well as those who have lost the fight." said Barbara Sprechman, Assistant Executive Director of Mercer Council and the Coordinator of the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County. "It is also an opportunity for all of us to show support and compassion for those families struggling with grief and dispair, as well shattering the stigma of addiction. This disease can affect anyone." she continued.
The event will have important information and resources available from community organizations and recovery services. Guest speakers this year include a parent who has lost a child to addiction, an individual in recovery from addiction, as well the county prosecutor and local government officials. It will be an important opportunity hear about what the community and state leaders are doing to battle the opioid crisis. The vigil will conclude with a candlelight memorial in the park giving individuals opportunities to share their own stories.