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Dozens mark International Drug Users Memorial Day

More than 75 people gathered Monday morning in Lowertown's Cathcart Park to mourn the loss of loved ones who died from overdose and addiction.

Organizer Ryta Peschka said the gathering was to mark International Drug User Memorial Day.

"It was created in the late 1990's in Europe to acknowledge the many deaths of people through either drug or alcohol overdose and as well as the situation around drug laws and policies," she said.

Peschka said many of the friends of those who pass away from addiction are not invited to family funerals and so this day serves as a memorial and a reminder that they were this person's family, too.

Hundreds of talisman's and messages now hang from the trees in the park to celebrate the lives of lost loved ones.

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