OXFORD — OASIS, Oxford Addictive Substances Information Services, will host a vigil to encourage those struggling with substance abuse issues and those in recovery and honor loved ones who have lost their lives at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 at Center Rock Green at Quarry Walk, 300 Oxford Rd.

Speakers will share personal stories of hope and speak of their families’ successful journeys to recovery. Resources for help, music and refreshments will be available. Free Narcan kits and a 30-minute Narcan training will be offered at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will close with a candlelight vigil. In 2020, 1,372 Connecticut residents died from fatal overdoses, at 14.3 percent increase from 2019.

The number grows due to fentanyl poisoning. OASIS’ goals include helping reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and offering support to those struggling so they know recovery is possible.

Those seeking more information may contact Chair Vinny Provenzano at 203-278-1583.

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