Vigil held for those lost to overdoses

The Department of Health and Human Services hosted a vigil Friday evening at the state capitol.

It was to remember those who’ve died from a substance–use related death.  DHHS said it’s also to support those who have substance use disorders and a stigma often keeps people from getting the help they need and that they want to give them hope.

"Having an event like this, we hope, is going to make it more comfortable for people to talk about themselves having a substance use disorder, about family members having a substance use disorder," said Brenda Moes.

The Nebraska Pharmacists Association said someone dies of a drug overdose every two days.

Moes said they want more people to speak freely about this so others can reach out and help support them.

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