RADFORD, Va.- – There was a special candlelight vigil Thursday in the New River Valley in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day.
The short program was held at Bisset Park in Radford. People who have been directly affected by overdose or opioid use came out to speak to the crowd.
The hourlong program ended with a candle-lighting ceremony.
Karla Hink came from northern Virginia to attended the event. As she and her family were visibly filled with emotions, she held a picture of her son, Jonathan Hink, who died because of an heroin overdose last month.
He would have turned 23 on Labor Day.
"We want to send a message to others that this could happen to anybody. Our son was great. He was a normal kid. He had a full-time job, a car. He went to college. This could happen to anybody. The stigma of heroin needs to end," she said.
The New River Valley Community Services was the group that hosted the service.
And as the opioid epidemic continues to cripple the nation. WSLS 10 is bringing help and resources to you. On Sept. 14th at 10 p.m., WSLS 10 is hosting an hourlong special called "Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic".
We'll have a phone bank to answer questions you may have and help connect you to available resources.