NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Recovery Advocacy team of NCADD-NJ and the Center for Prevention and Counseling will host a Candlelight Vigil and Name Reading Ceremony in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, August 31, on the Newton green.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event that is held on August 31 each year. The event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

This event is also a time to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. This day is a way to spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable, that resources are available and that recovery is possible.

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According to the center, the event will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday. The public is invited to this free event where luminaries will frame the Newton Town Square representing love for all who have lost someone and hope for those still struggling with substance use. Local recovery support resources will be available

At this event the public is also encouraged to bring and dispose of unwanted, expired and unneeded prescription drugs at an available mobile prescription disposal box to properly discard of them and prevent further drug misuse.

The evening will include a personal story as well a name reading ceremony. You may submit the name of a loved one to be read at this link

For more information or to become involved in the planning of this and other recovery support events, contact Katie Calvacca from The Center for Prevention and Counseling at (973) 940-2966 or

Anyone is welcome to attend the next meeting of recovery advocates on Monday, August 13, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at The Center for Prevention and Counseling, located at 65 Newton Sparta Road, Newton.