WOODBURY — As part of National Recovery Month, the Woodbury-Bethlehem Parent Connection will hold its 13th annual Walk Supporting Addiction Recovery and candlelight vigil beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 10, at Hollow Park.

All are welcome. The event will feature a stroll through town with a pause at the Loved and Lost to Addiction memorial display with more than 40 eternal lights and crosses at the half way point.

On returning to the park, a candlelight vigil will honor those lost, those who are struggling to get into recovery, and those who have overcome and are in recovery from the disease of addiction.

The purpose of the walk is to promote awareness that there is a substance misuse problem in Woodbury and Bethlehem, and surrounding towns.

One person struggling with substance use disorder can affect more than 10 people.

Although there has been a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic over the last year, 2020 was a record-breaking year for accidental drug intoxication deaths in Connecticut.

There were 1,374 accidental intoxication deaths, a 13.3 percent increase compared to 2019.

Of those 1,273 are classified as opioid in any death and 1,159 are classified as fentanyl in any death.

Nationally, there were 94,134 overdose deaths in 2020, or 258 deaths per day.

In 2017, that number was 144 per day.

Medical experts, as well as those who have been touched by tragedy, believe the problem is continuing to worsen in 2021.

No registration is required to participate in this free event but donations are always welcome.

WBPC is a non-profit organization designed to educate and empower parents and caregivers who have kids of any age who are misusing or abusing drugs or alcohol.

The organization provides hope and support, in a strictly confidential setting, to those in crisis and assist those to learn to take care of themselves.

Meetings are held every other Monday evening the North Congregational Church and dates are available by calling founding member Lesley Gomez at 203-733-1147.

More information is available at www.woodbury-bethlehem-parent-connection.org and Facebook.

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