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Why Is The Gazebo Lit Up Purple In The Tewksbury Town Common?

Sep 08, 2016 06:17AM ● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Police Department.)

September is National Recovery Month and October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month across the country. Substance abuse continues to grow, spreading misery and driving up the crime rate. Since January of 2016, Tewksbury Police Department has responded to more than sixty overdoses with twelve related fatalities compared to sixty-seven and seven related fatalities for the entirety of 2015. As we dig deeper into the science of addiction, we have learned that mental health has a large impact on substance abuse. As a community, Tewksbury strives to find solutions for people and families affected by these devastating diseases.   

The purple lights adorning the gazebo in the Town Common are meant to bring to light (no pun intended) the community’s support and unity for people in recovery as well as people struggling with substance abuse and the Tewksbury Police Department is hoping this will raise awareness.  Start a conversation with someone you love today and help bring awareness to recovery and substance abuse. More information about Tewksbury’s Substance Use Prevention and Education Week (October 16-22, 2016) is forthcoming and questions may be referred to Maria Ruggiero, Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (mruggiero@tewksbury-ma.gov 978-851-7373 Ext. 352).                                             

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