Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative’s Annual Overdose Vigil by Candlelight
Time: 06:00 pm
Location: Massasoit Community College in the Quad
Name of Organisation: Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative
Contact: Amanda Sandoval
heal | honor | connect
August 31st is recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). This day commemorates the lives lost too soon to overdose and honors their loved ones who carry on their legacy through grief and loss. Each year, the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative collects photographs from community members across Massachusetts of loved ones who have lost their battle with substance use disorder. These photographs are compiled into a video slide show in an effort to put a face to this disorder and help eliminate the stigma associated with it. This year’s annual candlelight vigil marks the 10th anniversary of the Collaborative’s first vigil, hosted back in 2013. In partnership with the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, this event will be co-hosted by Bridging LIVES, Brockton Mayor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Coalition, EB Hope, & Whitman Hanson WILL. The aim of the vigil is to embrace connection with one another as well as reinforce the message to those struggling with substance use disorder or those in recovery that they are deeply valued.
Brockton Area’s 2023 Overdose Vigil by Candlelight will be held on Tuesday, August 29th at Massasoit Community College in the Quad. Resources will be available starting at 6:00PM and the program will begin at 6:45PM.
In addition to the video slide show, the program will feature local speakers discussing the impact of substance use disorder on the familial and community level, as well as musical performances and a resource fair.