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[r68] Twilight Vigil sheds light on substance abuse
Start Date: 10/9/2013 All Day
End Date: 10/9/2013
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STATEHOUSE – The streets of Lawrenceburg were illuminated last night during a candlelight walk, known as the “Twilight Vigil,” to help raise awareness on the issue of substance abuse. Sponsored by Race for Recovery and Hands & Feet Ministry (HFM), partnering with the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s office, the community-driven walk began at 7:30p.m. in Newtown Park and concluded at the levee alongside the Ohio River. State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) was the vigil’s keynote speaker and addressed those attending regarding the impact the legislature had during the 2013 session to address the issue of substance abuse.

“I’m honored to represent a community that comes together in order to combat and raise awareness on the negative effects of substance abuse,” said Rep. McMillin. “Over 1,700 meth labs were seized in Indiana last year alone, and according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Indiana ranks third in the nation for most reported meth related incidents. The legislature passed new laws this year to address the issue of substance abuse; however, communities, like Lawrenceburg, that unite, stand up against this problem and work to get treatment to those struggling with addiction, serve as one of the best mechanisms to stop it.”

During his address, Rep. McMillin mentioned several new laws the legislature passed to address the substance abuse problem including: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1465 which improves the effectiveness of the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collecting & Tracking program, the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 246 which makes important changes regarding clinics that prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances and SEA 496 which works to combat the meth epidemic.

Afterwards, personal testimonies were given from several community members who have battled substance abuse addictions. Once concluded, Rep. McMillin joined approximately 200 plus community members for the candlelight walk as well as a lantern lighting ceremony to remember those that lost their lives in the battle against substance abuse.

“Last night's candlelight vigil was truly an awesome event here for this community and for Southeast Indiana,” said Jacob Mansfield, Executive Director of HFM. “We had a little over 200 people show up and the majority of last night’s turnout was young men and women 18 to 30 in age who have been through or are going through these battles [addictions] themselves. The fact that they not only showed up but that they participated and spoke shows the passion and desire they have to see this disease and problem cease in our community. Last night also showed them that there are organizations as well as governmental leaders who are fighting on their behalf.”

Visit for more information and to learn more about Rep. McMillin, or visit for more information regarding Hands & Feet Ministry.


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Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
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