Vigil Draws Community Together Around Opioid Crisis

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Community members attended a candlelight vigil at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays in May 2018 to remember those lost to the opioid crisis. Michael Heller photo
A mother’s trembling voice rose above the sound of steady rain that had begun to fall at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.
She pointed to the small flames flickering on candles arranged in a circle on the amphitheater deck in front of her — 19 in total, representing each known opioid-related death in Southampton Town over the past year. The candles were displayed inside a larger ring of 400, one for every opioid-related death in Suffolk County.
“He’s one of those candles,” she said of her son.

Southampton Town Opioid Task Force Candlelight Vigil
Voices of an epidemic

 

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