The seventh annual Cape Cod Candlelight Overdose Vigil will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. on the Hyannis Village Green.
Last year Cape Cod had seventy-eight deaths by opioid overdose, the highest rate per capita of any region in the commonwealth.
“The opioid epidemic continues to be more devastating on the Cape then elsewhere, ruining their lives, destroying families, burdening society,” said Linda Cubellis, who runs Parents Supporting Parents, a Cape Cod group for parents whose children are opiate addicts.
PSP, which was featured in the HBO documentary “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA,” sponsors the vigil with the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and funding support from the Lyndon P. Lorusso Foundation.
The event will feature speakers and music, before concluding with a candle lighting and a closing prayer.
“So far in 2017 the rate of death by opioid overdose on Cape Cod has declined only slightly over last year,” said Corinne Wickel of Parents Support Parents. “While fatalities are down, the number of non-fatal overdoses continues to rise. The crisis is not getting better, it’s that our first responders have become more adept at saving lives.”
A major reason is due to the availability of Narcan®, which neutralizes the effects of opiates and can reverse an overdose. There will be training at the vigil for anyone who wishes to learn how to administer Narcan.
About Parents Supporting Parents: PSP was started by a group of parents on Cape Cod to support parents of children who are addicts. The group meets Mondays at the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce offices (5 N. Market St.), 6:30 p.m. (7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month) to share information about how to cope with children addicted to opiates and where to get help. The meetings are open to any parent in crisis. For the latest meeting times, visit PSP at its website, or click HERE to visit the group’s Facebook page.