"The only person he didn't care about was himself."

Ryan Harrington's parents tried everything to free him from the relentless grip of heroine addiction, but a flawed system that lacks social integration for patients in recovery and a communal stigma that shames recovering addicts ultimately failed him.

Ryan spent most of his time in and out of detoxes, holding programs and even jail. But each time he fought to remain clean, he relapsed back to square one. The minimal aftercare, mental counseling and availability among these programs were a constant pull that hindered Ryan's availability to truly overcome his addiction.

Since Ryan's overdose, his parents and siblings have dedicated their time to creating the Ryan Harrington Foundation which will hold a Night of Hope and Awareness on Wednesday, June 3rd, at the Somerville High School's gym. The event is free and open to the public.

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