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Eliminating the stigma of addiction

With the opioid epidemic showing no signs of slowing down, organizers of an event to celebrate those recovering from addiction — and to remember those who died from it — said families affected by drug abuse can get support from people who have been through it.

The third annual Lights of Hope on the Road to Recovery is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Seneca Falls Community Center. It was held last year at People’s Park.

“We had about 40 people last year. That was encouraging,” said Ann Sandroni, a member of a group called The Addict’s Mom. “Everybody is in a different place when it comes to addiction. We are doing it indoors this year because some people may be shy about being outdoors in public.”

Sandroni’s group is sponsoring the event along with the Seneca Falls Police Department and Council on Alcoholism & Addictions of the Finger Lakes. People and families in the recovery community — whether it be drugs, alcohol or other addictions — are encouraged to attend.

Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra said the community continues to see overdose deaths. Additionally, his officers have saved numerous overdose victims by using Narcan.

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