September 19 2017

Vigil to Be Held on Common in Memory of All Lost to Opioid Addiction


As the opioid epidemic continues to worsen more and more families have been touched by its effects.

To raise further awareness of the disease of opioid addiction and to remember those who have succumbed to it, the Burlington Overcoming Addiction group and the Burlington Police are holding a vigil next week.

“Residents are invited to participate in a vigil honoring Joe Reardon, who passed away last December at the age of 34 after a long battle with addiction, as well as others whose lives were cut short by the impacts of drug addiction,” an invitation for the event reads.

The vigil will be held on the Town Common from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 28. Anyone who wishes to submit any names they’d like read aloud at the ceremony is asked to arrive by 6:30 at the latest. Those who would like to honor the memory of a loved one may also email that person’s name ahead of time to

“Addiction is a disease that impacts every community, and it’s something that can only be overcome with a strong support system,” Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent said. “I hope that residents will join us to pay our respects to those we’ve lost to addiction, and to support those still enduring the fight to overcome it.”

For more on Burlington Overcoming Addiction, visit the organization’s Facebook page.


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