Community remembers overdose victims

Tricia Weaver completes a square for a remembrance quilt to honor the memory of her son, Justin, who died at the age of 19 as a result of an overdose. Last Saturday, the Connecticut Clearinghouse held a community remembrance workshop to honor the memory of people lost to addiction with the creation of a remembrance quilt.

There are currently four remembrance quilts that are on display in the state. In 2010, there were 357 substance abuse related deaths; in 2018 there were 1,017 deaths.

After the death of Weaver’s son, the bereaved mom set up a scholarship for the trades. On May 18, a fundraising run will take place in Thomaston, called “True Colors trade run for Justin B. Weaver Scholarship for the Trades.”

To register for the run, visit www.racewire.com/register.php?id=10403&fbclid=IwAR17LUgebhbpKBjwXORIrxCWTOqJ4OC5CdXen7o3f62OJ1ZjwQN0dkfBITI

For substance abuse or addiction treatment information, call 1-800-563-4086.

Photos by JANELLE MORELLI

A remembrance quilt already on display in Plainville. A second one is being assembled.