Hope over Heroin kicks off 2-day event tonight

UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.

The first day of a 2-day event designed to combat heroin addiction in the Miami Valley kicked off in Washington Park tonight.

Hope over Heroin is a collaborative effort by area churches, business, government agencies and addiction and grief resources to help those suffering from drug addiction.

Since its inception, more than 10,000 people have attended and over 1000 have been enrolled in drug rehabilitation programs.

Pastor Greg Delaney with Refugee Ministries says the event is a way for area faith-based organizations to help those battling drug addiction.

“We introduce them to local pastors and advise them to hook up with their local church,” Delaney said.

“Thought, well the drug addicts aren’t coming to church so we will bring the church to them,” Delaney added.

Warren County resident Tom Wiggins is a recovered addict who says the road to rehabilitation is a difficult one.

“You have to live right, you’ve got to surround yourself with people who are going to hold you accountable. That’s why I stay in church. I stay around all the people who are going to hold me accountable. It’s a very, very tough road,” Wiggins said.

Hope for Heroin will resume tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Dayton’s Washington Park at 3620 East Second Street.


Hope Over Heroin, a collaborative effort by churches, businesses, government agencies, addiction recovery and grief resources to reach out to those suffering from drug-related issues, will be held tonight and Saturday.

Hope Over Heroin has been a catalyst for change in the Miami Valley.

Since its inception three years ago, more than 10,000 people have attended and 1,000-plus people have been enrolled in drug rehabilitation programs.

The free event includes live music, free food and stories of people who have conquered their drug-addictions.

Activities kick off each at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Washington Park, 3620 E. 2nd Street.

For more information, visit www.hopeoverheroin.com.

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