Join local residents for a candlelight vigil and opiate awareness event in Cuyahoga Falls. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, at Falls River Square Amphitheater. Several local groups will be on hand to assist individuals and families who have been impacted by this public health crisis.

Speakers will include local police chiefs, firefighters, judges, doctors, recovering addicts and family members of people impacted by the heroin epidemic.

For more information, contact Ashley Eagleson at 330-671-9266 or Adam Miller at 330-814-6786.

The moderator will be Cindy Tate of Ohio CAN (Change Addiction Now). Speakers will include Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates; Cuyahoga Falls firefighter/paramedic Charlie Kilbel; Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis; Melissa Brown of the Cleveland Clinic; Judy Caldwell of Naranon; Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce director Laura Petrella;

Brenda Cameron Ryan, a Cuyahoga Falls resident impacted by the epidemic; and Johnny Sczesniak, a recovering addict.

Organizations involved in the event include the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board; Ohio CAN; Oriana House; Summit Psych; Cuyahoga Falls Rotary Club; the Haven of Rest; and the Summit County Board of Health. D & L Collectables will be raising money for the "Not Me, I'm Drug Free" program for students.