Sidewalk Chalk Writings Aim to Remove Stigma of Drug Overdoses

Chalk writing on sidewalks in Jamaica Plain and throughout Boston are drawing attention to individuals who have died from drug overdoses in an effort to remove the stigma of ODs. Chalk messages seen Thursday outside the Jackson Square MBTA station (above) and by the boathouse at Jamaica Pond (below) mention a person's first name, their age and something special about them. They include messages referring to people like Justin, 34, who was "awesome and good looking. Forever missed and loved." Another refers to Julie Ann, who was 34 and was "adventurous and silly.