Greenfield, Mass. (WWLP) – A candlelight vigil was held at Greenfield’s Energy Park to help raise awareness about the lives that are being lost as a result of drug use.
The Recover project is a peer based recovery and support group that, for the second year in a row, held a candlelight vigil to honor those who have lost their lives because of a drug addiction. The Recover Project hopes to educate the community about the mounting number of overdose deaths occurring throughout the country. Sarah Ahern, a member of The Recover Project told 22News this is an epidemic that is affecting everyone.
Sarah Ahern, of Greenfield told 22News, “It’s everywhere, every city, every town, every home, it’s no longer the undesirables that are having addiction problems these are your brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, and these are our people that we are losing.”
Ahern told 22News that the United States is in the middle of a public health crisis, and overdoes are killing people in every state across the country. The Recover Project told 22News it is not helpful to label or stigmatize people struggling with drug addiction, and they hope to continue to educate the community on what can be done to help address this epidemic.
Ahern told 22News if you know someone who is struggling with addiction, simply being there for them and offering emotional support could help save their life.