Jeff Wisse of Gorham comforts his girlfriend, Patricia Burnell of South Portland, as they reflect on the loss of three friends in the last six months to drug overdoses. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

Jeff Wisse of Gorham comforts his girlfriend, Patricia Burnell of South Portland, as they reflect on the loss of three friends in the last six months to drug overdoses. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

A vigil was held Wednesday in Portland’s Monument Square to remember victims of drug overdoses. The event was held as part of International Overdose Awareness Day, which is always Aug. 31.

Portland’s event has been organized by a 10-person, Portland-based volunteer organization called “I Am Here.”

This year’s vigil was the third annual Overdose Awareness gathering.


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