NEW BEDFORD — The city of New Bedford and the Greater New Bedford Opioid Task Force are hosting a commemoration event on Wednesday, Aug. 31 for International Overdose Awareness Day.

Officials stated in a release that the event will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, starting with a speaking program on the steps of City Hall at 133 William St.

A procession to Custom House Square will follow, ending with a vigil in the square.

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According to the release, resources will be made available at the event for anyone struggling with substance abuse, or their families and loved ones.

Mayor Jon Mitchell and other officials — including elected officials and civic, public safety, and public health leaders — will be speaking during the commemoration.

International Overdose Awareness Day aims to reduce the stigma around drug-related deaths and raise awareness of overdoses.

The event also acknowledges the grief of families and friends of those who have died or suffered permanent harm due to drug overdoses.

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