MILFORD – Dozens of people gathered on the open ground next to the Community Impact on Main Street to mark the International Overdose Day.
"I've never met a sensitizing city," Kaitlyn Farrand's brother died of a heart attack at the age of 36, after a long struggle with addiction. As for events like Friday, "bring it all together."
Purple, the color associated with opioid awareness, was everywhere. Purple balloons were attached to posts, purple bracelets were available, and tables with information about where to get help or support were in purple.
There were more than 30 framed photos of people who died of overdose at one table. Many faces were young and most contained death dates from 201
"I lost my son Michael on September 28, 2017," said Janice Tyman, also Farrand's mother. "He has touched so many lives."
Her son left her notes in her office, stating, " I love you, Mom, "and Tyman carried a heartfelt letter in his handbag written in the birthday card of last year, he was funny and he was cute, she said, he was a father.
Michael became Addicted to heroin after an accident had seriously injured him, and surgery gave him painkillers, she said.
"It can happen to anyone at any time, and that's just the reality of it," said Amy Leone, who heads the groups. "No one is immune to it."
The event on Friday included the recovery of alcoholic Chris LeBlanc, who provided the musical entertainment of the evening, and d en present spoke.
"The seriousness of what happens in 2018 is a slip-up is death, LeBlanc said, relapse that he added may be part of the recovery from addiction.
He said wide-eyed, but said part of that question The drug Fentanyl, which is increasingly being added to heroin to improve the high, is fatal.
The state registered more than 1,501 deaths associated with opioids in 2017 and further investigation More than 500 deaths have been reported and in June, confirmed opioid-related deaths were set at 657 for the year 2018.
"Let's be honest. It's an epidemic, "he told the crowd between songs, adding," I really do not care what it is. It kills people.
Leone said she is slowly seeing a shift in perception of addiction.
"I think you have more parents who reach out," she said, "…. I'm just saying," I do not know "What to do" and do not be afraid to say that.
She wants people to know resources that can help them, and places like community impact can help Support and guidance are available to addicts, but also to families, and the group is not even in schools
Friday's stories ended in tragedy and people were there to celebrate and mourn.
Community Impact Recovery coach Robin White earned her three-year sobriety chip the previous Sunday.
That's a long way off away from where she was in 2015 after she was dependent on painkillers then, heroin.
"I came to a point where I weighed 95 pounds and I literally killed myself from the inside out," she said. I had … two options. Fight or die.
Now she's trying again for her college degree, holding an average of 4.0 at Framingham State University and hoping to become a licensed therapist specializing in drug abuse.
"I can Helping people ", she now said about her job," just find her own journey and her own happiness. "
Alison Bosma can be reached at 508-634-7582 or [email protected] Find her on Twitter @AlisonBosma.