Candlelight Vigil hopes to shed the stigma around substance abuse
(Sewell, NJ)— The Gloucester County Board of Commissioners and the Gloucester County Addictions Task Force are hosting the 7th Annual Gloucester County Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, August 30, in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day.
This event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. The day also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends and remembers those who have met with death or permanent injury due to drug overdose.
“We are gathering to celebrate those in recovery and honor those who have lost their lives to addiction,” said Director Frank J. DiMarco. “Substance abuse is often misunderstood or overlooked. By bringing awareness to the topic, we hope to bring more people to the resources to get help.”
Thousands of people die each year from substance abuse. These individuals come from all walks of life, and Gloucester County is not untouched by this tragedy. We will remember those who have lost their lives as we bring some sense of community to their families and friends in a supportive, stigma-free environment.
Resource tables will be available beginning at 7 pm. The vigil program begins at dusk.
“You do not need to be a professional to help. Substance abuse is not always visible, but with understanding and empathy we can help individuals affected,” said Commissioner Jim Jefferson. Commissioner Jefferson is the liaison to the Division of Human and Disability Services.
The vigil will begin at dusk and will be held rain or shine at James Atkinson Park; 138 Bethel Mill Rd. Sewell, NJ 08080.
Seating is limited. Bringing your chair or blanket is recommended. Please note CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing will be followed.
If you have a family member or friend that you would like to commemorate in this ceremony, please send their name and photograph to:
For more information, please visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov or call (856) 384-6929.