Monday, August 31, 2020
Boothbay Common, Boothbay, ME
5:45-6:30 P.M. — Live Music, Naloxone Training & Resource Tables
6:30-7:15 P.M. — Remarks, Remembrances & Candle Lighting Ceremony
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31 each year which 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 died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
Addiction, a complex brain disease, is a harrowing path for those who are affected by it and their loved ones. It does not discriminate—rare is the family untouched by its reach.
There were approximately 132 overdose deaths in Maine over the last 3 months according to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office—a rate of death exceeding that of COVID-19 in the state, and a significant increase from previous years. Forced isolation, disruptions in access to support services, and the mental strains of life during the pandemic have all contributed to this rise in tragic loss.
We invite you to join us in fellowship and love to remember those we have lost, and support those who are still hurting.
Speakers include Boothbay Harbor Peer & Wellness Center Coordinator Keith Arvanitis, the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor Interim Minister Peter Ilgenfritz, and BRCRC Addiction Outreach Program Director Holly Stover.
132 Candles is presented by BRCRC’s Addiction Outreach Program, the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor Peer & Wellness Center, and Yarrow & Cleat.
Please note masks are required to attend this event, and we will practice social distancing.
A limited number of chairs will be provided, but please bring your own!