Drug addiction is a growing problem across the world. It has been affecting the lives of countless people. The effects and consequences of addiction are so dangerous that it can even take one’s life. Due to this, efforts are made to raise awareness and put an end to this problem. In Gloucester County, Candlelight vigil helps raise awareness about the growing problem of addiction in Gloucester County.

Family and friends gathered at James G. Atkins Park on Tuesday to honor loved ones at the fourth annual Candlelight Vigil to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day. The park was a sea of purple, the color which is used to symbolize Overdose Awareness. This event was created by the Gloucester County Freeholders along with the Gloucester County Addictions Task Force and included representatives from area hospitals, recovery housing services and grief counselors talking about services they can provide.

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“I read an article about the heroin overdose problem in Monroe Township, specifically how it was around 25 times the national average,” said Freeholder Jim Jefferson. “After that, we decided we had to so more to help people. So, we just called together people from all walks of life to try and address all the different ways this touches Gloucester County.”

The vigil brought together people who have been affected by addiction so they could find help or support through those going through the same situation or through resources they might not be able to find on their own.

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