In summer 2023, in partnership with Healthy Lincoln County, Peter Bruun spearheaded 716 Candles, a series of events in Maine’s Lincoln County presented in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day. With the purpose of building compassion for those affected by substance use and challenging stigma, 716 Candles programming included “Lights of Lincoln County,” a photo and story project curated by Peter with photographs by Charles Richards. The purpose of the undertaking was to highlight the many different stakeholders, advocates, and allies working to make things better in the county for those touched by the opioid epidemic and substances. On view here are the images and words from that project.