Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil planned

The Dubois County Substance Abuse Council plans to host its third annual Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the 18th Street Park, Ferdinand. The vigil will take place rain or shine.

In the current reality of substance addiction and overdose, those who have struggled with addiction or watched loved ones do so deserve a voice, recognition and support. The event includes a variety of activities such as guest speakers, a poem-reading about addiction’s effects, an opportunity for members of the public to speak, live music, a candlelighting ceremony, a dove release, and access to free materials on substance abuse, addiction, grief, local resources, and more. By hosting this event, hope is given to remember those who have passed on, support those who experience substance misuse first- and second-hand, and, most importantly, inspire hope of overcoming addiction.

In light of the coronavirus, social distancing will be practiced, and attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on.

In the event of heightened COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be held via Facebook Live with no less than one week’s notice. People can find out more about the event by looking the group up and “liking” their Facebook page at Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, finding the organization on Instagram and Twitter, or by emailing Coordinator Jenna Bieker at dcsac@duboiscountyin.org.

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