Luminaries with the names of local people lost to the effects of addiction for International Overdose Awareness Day on Monday evening outside the RECOVER Project on Federal Street.

By ANITA FRITZ

Staff Writer
Published: 9/1/2020 4:07:44 PM

GREENFIELD – Sarah Ahern stood on Federal Street with several others on a recent cool summer night, clutching a large folder to her chest and mourning the loss of more than 70 people who have died of overdose or addiction-related complications in Franklin County over the past few years.

“In the first quarter of this year, we saw a significant increase in the region,” Ahern said Monday night at the RECOVER Project vigil. “Isolation does that, it feeds the disease.” [CONTINUE READING]