Join the Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil on Friday, August 30, 2019
They are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, and uncles. In the United States, 192 people die every day from drug overdose. In Minnehaha County alone, 38 people have overdosed and died from legal and illegal drugs from January 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.
Community partners are coming together on Friday, August 30, to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, as well as to recognize those who have overdosed and been revived. A candlelight vigil will take place that evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the steps of Sioux Falls City Hall at 224 West Ninth Street.
The partners hope that raising awareness of this deadly issue in our community will help save lives. Participants in the vigil include Mayor Paul TenHaken, first responders, and individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Denise Blomberg, who lost her son Ryan to a fentanyl overdose, will tell his story.
The public is invited to attend this event, which is sponsored by the Addiction Policy Forum and Emily’s Hope.