SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) - Friday August 31 is overdose awareness day and one Brunswick County group held a candlelight vigil in memory of people who have died from drug addiction Friday evening.
B.A.C.K. O.F.F. of Brunswick hosted the vigil.
B.A.C.K. O.F.F. started as a focus group of mothers who lost children to addiction or currently have children fighting addiction. The group advocates for a greater understanding of the disease of addiction to end the stigma and save lives.
In addition to the vigil there were guest speakers, a tree dedication signifying hope and strength for those still fighting. The group aims to plant these trees all around Brunswick county.
Founder of B.A.C.K. O.F.F. of Brunswick, Melody Bass says this event is important to her because her nephew died of an overdose. It became her mission to help fight the epidemic.
"This will be a battle we always fight and I'd say it'll be over and we never have to deal with it again but we know that's not going to happen, but we can have our resources in place, the mental health, the rehabilitation," Bass says.
Tommy Sherman, a recovering alcoholic was also at the vigil because he has a desire to help people. He says after hitting rock bottom there was no place else to go. He had to stop and rebuild his life. Sherman says if you are struggling to fight and want help, join support groups. That will make all the difference in the world.
The event was held at Mulberry Park in Shallotte at 7 p.m.