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Candlelight Vigil to Call Attention to Heroin Epidemic in Wicomico County

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SALISBURY, Md.– Community members, along with public and elected officials, will gather Wednesday night in Wicomico County for a candlelight vigil calling attention to the devastation caused by heroin and opioid addiction.

“Shoulder to Shoulder to Beat Heroin Addiction” is hosting the event taking place at Riverwalk Park on Business 13 in Salisbury. The group is comprised of more than 200 parents, grandparents and family members of young adults battling the addiction.

Alongside the group, elected officials and Wicomico County Public Health Officer Lori Brewster will be speaking. Brewster said it is important that people hear about the work being done to battle drug addiction in Wicomico County.

“If people don’t know the extent of heroin and other drug issues,” she says, “We’re never going to make a dent.”

According to statistics provided by the organization “Shoulder to Shoulder," 20 people died from drug overdoses in Wicomico County in 2014, up from nine in 2007.

“One is one too many, in my mind,” Brewster said.

Wednesday's event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Park. 

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