Gloucester County To Hold “Shed the Stigma!” Candlelight Vigil To Raise Awareness Of Stigma of Opioid Overdose And Drug-related Death

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SEWELL, N.J. — The Gloucester County Board of Commissioners and the Gloucester County Addictions Task Force will hold the 6th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, August 31 at James G. Atkinson Park.

This event will raise awareness of opioid overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The vigil will begin at dusk while resource tables will open at 7:00 p.m. 

“We are gathering safely to celebrate those in recovery and honor those who have lost their lives to addiction,” Director Robert M. Damminger said. “Substance abuse is often misunderstood or overlooked. By bringing awareness to the topic, we hope to bring more people to the resources to get help.”

Attendees are asked to bring their own chair, blanket, and water. 

“You do not need to be a professional to help. Substance abuse is not always visible, but with understanding and empathy we can help individuals affected,” Commissioner Jim Jefferson., liaison to the Division of Human and Disability Services, said.  

The vigil will begin at dusk and will be held rain or shine at James Atkinson Park located at 138 Bethel Mill Rd. Sewell, NJ 08080.

For more information, please visit or call (856) 384-6929.

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