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

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


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