Massachusetts towns set to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day

BOSTON (WHDH) - Several towns in Massachusetts are set to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day.

A public gathering was held in Derby Square in front of Old Town Hall in Salem at Noon today.

In Braintree, officials said International Overdose Awareness Day gives the community time to remember those who who died from an overdose. The Braintree Town Hall was decorated with purple flags and white balloons to represent the lives lost to opioid overdoses.

Nineteen Braintree residents have died from an overdose in 2017 alone.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined religious leaders for a candlelight vigil at City Hall Plaza today. The ceremony began at 5 p.m.

Massachusetts leaders are hoping to raise awareness on overdoses and overdose prevention.

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