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Vigil Held in Duluth to Raise Awareness of Overdose Deaths

WDIO-TV
Updated: August 31, 2019 11:39 PM

A vigil was held Saturday afternoon at Duluth's Central Hillside Community Center Park for International Overdose Awareness Day.

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The community vigil was held to raise awareness of overdose deaths in our community, and to commit to reducing them.

Speakers, a drum group, and a sacred fire were all part of the event, which aims to reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It's held to remember those who lost their lives overdosing, but also to spread the word about all the resources available to help those in need.

"We're seeing drug use and overdose deaths in our community, and we want people to know their resources, we want others to know that people are not forgotten, people that lose their lives to heroin overdoses or any type of death from any kind of chemical people are using. We don't forget them," said Deb Holman, who does street outreach for CHUM.

Along with CHUM, Natives against Heroin, Rural AIDS Action Network, Harm Reduction Sisters, and Walking Victorious were involved in working to try to end the tragic deaths.

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