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Southampton Opioid Addiction Task Force

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Fewer Candles at Opioid Candle Light Vigil


The Southampton Addiction and Recovery Committee hosted the second annual Opioid Candle Light Vigil on Saturday May 11th, Mother’s Day Eve, at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays.  As a positive sign of the progress made fighting the opioid epidemic in our community, the number of candles on stage were fewer than the year before.   

Like the year before, a circle of votive candles was designed on the stage with each candle representing a life lost to opioids in Suffolk County.  There were 297 votives, compared to over 400 last year, representing the number of deaths in 2017 in the County.  A smaller circle of larger candles symbolizing the number of lives lost in the Town of Southampton was also smaller.  There were just 6 candles in that circle this year, compared to 19 the year before.  

“These circles are growing smaller as our efforts to end this crisis grows larger and we hope more effective,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.  “Someday we may stand on this stage and there won’t be a circle of candles here, we will just stand in a circle to celebrate the end of the opioid crisis.”
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