Vigil remembers those lost to addiction

The Dubois County Substance Abuse Council hosted a well-attended, well-received Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil last August in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day. This year, the event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Market Street Park in Huntingburg and 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 recognition and support. The event includes, but is not limited to, guest speakers who have encountered addiction, a poem-reading about addiction’s effects, an opportunity for members of the public affected by addiction to speak, live music, a candlelighting ceremony, and a bio-degradable balloon release in which participants are encouraged to write a message to loved ones who have lost their fight with addiction, provided materials on substance abuse, addiction, grief, local resources, and more. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picture of their loved one if they wish, as well as blankets and chairs to sit on.

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