Hundreds Gather at Pelham Library to Remember Lives Lost to Overdose

September 9, 2016


by Kaylee Murphy

It was a poignant gathering as hundreds joined together on Aug. 31 for the first Heroin Awareness and Remembrance Vigil at the Pelham Public Library, international Overdose Awareness Day.  The Pelham Community Coalition hopes to make it an annual event.

School sports teams adorned in their jerseys, as well as parents, children, and recovering addicts, all came to remember those who have lost their lives to substance abuse and to raise awareness to the growing problem.  Groups of people had signs of their loved ones and matching shirts in remembrance.  The turnout for the vigil was impressive.  Three hundred candles were given out, and they still did not have enough to supply everyone with a candle.

Of the four speakers, three were recovering addicts who spoke beautifully about their experiences.  The fourth speaker was a woman who told of the recent loss of her brother to drugs.   Seven people have overdosed in Pelham this year alone.  Pelham’s drug problem seems worse than several surrounding larger towns.  The PCC is about three and a half years old with 20 active members and 80 members in total.

On Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Sherburne Hall, the PCC will offer Narcan training.  To find out more go to

Thursday, September 22

Narcan training, 7 p.m., Sherburne Hall, Pelham — Attend a free demonstration sponsored by Pelham Community Coalition to learn how to administer Narcan or just to find out more.  You could be the difference between life and death in a drug overdose.  Inquiries:  Pat Bronson, 275-2330.