Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) hosted an event on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day and to remember those who have lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses.
The memorial was hosted at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library at 685 Tremont St. and at BHCHP’s main building, the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT), at 780 Albany St. SPOT is able to provide emergency medical support to those in need and at risk of overdose.
Portraits of men and women who have lost their lives to opioid overdose were coupled with quotes of remembrance written by friends and family members projected on the outside of the buildings.
“We wanted to put a face to the epidemic,” said Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer at BHCHP.
All those remembered by the memorial came from various age groups, genders, professions and ethnicities.