Opi­oid vic­tims re­mem­bered at vigil, walk

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their per­son­al­i­ties and their pri­or­i­ties as long as they are in the throes of the dis­ease,” she said.

The task force ad­dresses des­tig­ma­tiz­ing opi­oid ad­dic­tion, helps to pre­vent ad­dic­tion and con­nects peo­ple to treat­ment op­tions.

Like many who at­tended, Rich Mol­lica lost some­one close to opi­oid ad­dic­tion.

“To­day I refuse to al­low this ill­ness to steal the mem­ory of these peo­ple I’ve loved and lost,” he said, “You are loved and not alone.” Bob Novotny lost a son. “It will control your thoughts and ac­tions,” he said. “Drug ad­dic­tion doesn’t care if you die.

“Be aware of those at risk. Talk about this. Take ac­tion and be­come part of the so­lu­tion. Most im­por­tantly, don’t turn away.”

Kevin Pa­trick Kelly talked about loss.

“Take the love you have for them and give it to ev­ery per­son you meet,” Kelly said.

Her­rin ended the vigil with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.

“Dark­ness can­not drive out dark­ness,” Her­rin said. “Only light can do that.

“Hate can­not drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

BILL RETTEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Speaker Kevin Pa­trick Kelly’s fa­ther, Kevin Kelly, holds a can­dle while re­mem­ber­ing those lost to opi­oids.

BILL RETTEW - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mayor Dianne Her­rin and man-about-town Kyle Hud­son re­mem­ber those lost to opi­oids at Thurs­day’s vigil.

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