‘Too many names’ as those lost to drug overdose remembered in Ventnor

Tracy Smith had to take a breath. “Too many names,” she said, reading from a list of those lost to drug overdoses. The founder of Speakers for Change — a group inspired by her daughter’s battle with addiction — stood on a stage on the beach behind the Ventnor Community Library reading the names as Mike McGaffney rang a bell after each one. The event marked International Overdose Day, bringing awareness to the hundreds lost
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Overdose Awareness events in Ventnor on Thursday

Free narcan training and a remembrance event will mark International Overdose Awareness Day in Ventnor on Thursday. The day is meant to raise awareness along with reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths. Anyone looking to learn how to administer naloxone — which can reverse the affects of an opiate overdose — is invited to the Ventnor Community Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Then, at 6 p.m., a remembrance will be held on the beach
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