Cumberland County Overdose Awareness Day

Maryann Dooley, of Bridgeton, center, holds a sign with photos of her late son, Edward C. LeMatty IV, during Cumberland County’s first Overdose Awareness event last year at the county fairgrounds in Millville.

Thousands in New Jersey communities have been affected by addiction, and people all over the world will get together this month to remember loved ones who have died from overdoses.

County organizations will host vigils and remembrance events on or near International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31. Advocates in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties will provide resources, speakers and activities during special events that week.

There have been 5,112 overdose deaths in New Jersey from 2014 to 2016, according to state reports. About 1,784 people have lost their lives due to an overdose this year as of Aug. 5. The majority of deaths have involved heroin.