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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham FORCE remembers the more than 2000 lives lost in 2019 due to the opioid epidemic by placing purple flags on the Framingham Centre Common. 

Monday, August 31, 2020 is International Opioid Overdose Awareness Day.   

“For the last two years, Framingham FORCE has brought the community together with a vigil to remember the loves lost and to place flags in December. This year we decided to recognize Opioid Overdose Awareness Day,” said Cathy Miles, Board Chair and Co-Founder of Framingham FORCE. “This year has been hard with COVID-19, especially for those with substance use disorder. We believe it is important we still come together in a socially distant way to remember those who lost their lives to this disease.” 

Framingham FORCE members will start placing the flags this Friday, August 21 and throughout the weekend.

Silver flags will be available on site, beginning Monday August 24, for anyone who would like to personalize a flag to remember a loved one who died of an overdose in any year, any state.

Framingham FORCE is a group of local Framingham advocates and community members focused on increasing awareness, education and compassion surrounding the opioid epidemic.

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Press release and photo courtesy of FORCE

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.