People who live in Juneau, Soldotna, Glennallen, the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage all turned out Wednesday night to raise awareness about addiction.

People read the names of those who have lost their battle with addiction in each of those communities.

Activist Kim Whitaker believes there has been change in Alaska, saying lawmakers are trying to solve the problem Wednesday night at the gathering at Anchor Park Methodist Church in Anchorage.

But, she also wants people all over the state to participate in the conversation about addiction and opioid abuse.

"We have to keep talking about it. We can't ever stop talking about it. That's the only way this is going to be solved," said Whitaker.

We are told that people in the Mat-Su Valley read the names of 180 who have died from addiction.

People in Seward, Homer and Kodiak have expressed interest in participating in next year's event. 

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