Portland vigil to mark overdose awareness

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PORTLAND — A candlelight vigil to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Monument Square.

Hosted by I Am Here, a “street-based harm reduction outreach team,” the vigil is part of a global event, organizers said, and will be preceded by a training session on overdose prevention at 5:30 p.m.

Lantern making will begin at 6 p.m., and the public is invited to bring photos, drawings or statements to post on a memorial wall for overdose victims. Pastor Jeff Logan of Grace Street Ministry will officiate the vigil, which will include reading the names of fatal overdose victims in the past year.

For more information on International Overdose Awareness Day, visit overdoseday.com.

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