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LIGHTS OF HOPE: The Circle of Healing & Hope Garden on the grounds of the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh was illuminated recently by dozens of candles. It was the second annual Lights of Hope vigil hosted by the national group The Addict’s Mom, that shines light on opioid and heroin addiction, which has become an epidemic in towns and cities across the nation including here in the North Country. Speakers talked openly about family members and loved ones struggling with, or lost to, addiction.

FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION: A mother, and sister who have had to cope with the loss of a loved one who was a heroin addict helped organize the Lights of Hope vigil, and join us to talk about the support group they have formed that tries to help families struggling with addiction.
The group is called Never Lose Hope Learn To Cope, and Francene Cornell and Amber-Lin Meconi hold meetings twice a month at CVPH in Plattsburgh. Watch our extended interview with Francene and Amber-Lin: