Thursday, December 15, 2016

Candlelight Vigil to be Held in Memory of Those Lost to Drug Overdoses

(Eliot, Maine) Out of the Shadows, a community group formed after the overdose death of a family member is hosting a memorial service and second annual candlelight vigil on Friday evening at a local church. The event will include music, locally-donated food, and a memorial to those who have passed away.  Speakers will share stories of addiction, recovery, hope, and the policy changes being pursued in Maine and Washington.  Over 200 people are expected to attend.

WHAT: Candlelight Vigil and Memorial: “Forever Loved & Never to be Forgotten”
WHEN: Friday, December 16th at 6:30 PM
WHERE: First Congregational Church, 1361 State Road, Eliot, Maine
SPEAKERS:
·         Jeff Pelkey, concerned local resident and former law enforcement professional
·         Shelby Briggs, manager of Westbrook’s “Community Approach to Stopping Heroin” and a person in long-term recovery
·         Patty Hymanson, State Representative from York
·         Kristina Goodwin, lifelong resident of Eliot whose brother died of a heroin overdose and whose family helped start the Out of the Shadows group
WHAT ELSE: Community providers will have local resources available, music, food, and coffee

Out of the Shadows works to support families, friends, and people in recovery by shining a light on the struggles of substance use and addiction.  Their hope is to reduce the stigma and bias surrounding the disease and help their community come together to find solutions to this growing epidemic.

According to data recently released by the Maine Attorney General, one person a day is dying from a drug overdose in Maine.  In the first nine months of 2016 the total number of deaths statewide had reached 286 - surpassing the total of 272 overdose deaths for all of 2015.




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