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Worcester to Host Candlelight Vigil for International Overdose Day

Worcester, MA (August 29, 2017) - The City of Worcester will host a community vigil Thursday to mark International Overdose Day, and to remember those lost to addiction.

WHAT: A Candlelight Vigil of Memory and Hope
WHERE: Paul V. Mullaney Plaza, Behind Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 31st

The Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, along with community partners, will honor International Overdose Awareness Day with a candlelight vigil and an addiction and recovery awareness campaign at the Worcester Common. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

There will be an opportunity for people to receive information and referral to services for addiction and recovery. The event will provide an opportunity for the public to express sorrow while also raising awareness on the actions needed to provide more services for recovery and improve understanding of the opioid abuse epidemic. Participation is free and all are welcome to attend.

September is Recovery Month, and city officials will speak about the City's plans to extend outreach to organizations across the community throughout the month.

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