Overdose Vigil Held on Hyannis Village Green

HYANNIS – Dozens gathered last night for a candlelight vigil on the Hyannis Village Green.

The annual event is organized by Parents Supporting Parents, an organization that helps assist those with children dealing with drug-related issues.

The outdoor program drew parents, community members, recovering addicts, and those continuing to struggle with substance abuse issues.

Presenters included Matt Baron of Teen Challenge along with the Teen Challenge Choir, Reverend Mark Bruce of the First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, Attorney General Candidate Jay McMahon who lost his son to addiction, as well as members of Parents Supporting Parents.

Those who attended were encouraged to bring photos of loved ones who have been impacted by the epidemic. Photos of those who were killed by drugs were also displayed prominently on stage.

“Our hearts go out to the families who have lost a loved one to opioid addiction,” said Joe Carleo, CEO of the Aids Support Group of Cape Cod.

The event is an effort to raise awareness about the drug issues that face the Cape and Islands. The region has seen overdose rates higher than the rest of the state in recent years.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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