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Drug deaths to be remembered during Aug. 31 service

August 24, 2018

A special service will be held in Pittsburgh to remember those who died of drug overdoses and mark International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Burial Ground, 328 Sixth Ave., Downtown.

The program is a collaboration of Pittsburgh Won’t Forget U, CLEAR, Christian Associates, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Ministerium.

As part of the ceremony, CLEAR has organized the downtown church bells to toll for each of Allegheny County’s 2017 overdose victims. Pittsburgh Won’t Forget U’s families and friends will erect a photo memorial in the Cathedral’s historical burial ground beginning Aug. 26 that will remain on display until Sept. 1. Visitors to the memorial will be able to toll for their loved ones on the Cathedral’s newly rediscovered antique “mystery” bell that will be on display at the burial ground Aug. 31.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office says the county had 735 overdose deaths in 2017.

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