Following Huntington drug raids, recovery programs work to reach more addicts
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
You may have seen a jet black hearse parked on any street in Huntington. The driver who is always near by, Dwyane Woods, knows it brings a shock factor. He says the shock sparks a conversation about addiction and recovery.
"This is a project of life, and there is hope on the streets," Woods, Heroin Hearse Project Founder, said.
For the past year Woods has made it his mission to take to the streets of Huntington to get addicts into a treatment program.
"We're not just helping people on the street," he said. "We are helping us all."
The donations for the community-run outreach program recently started to dwindle. Just a few weeks ago, Woods put up a post on social media announcing he was close to ending the Heroin Hearse program. The donations quickly started rolling in to save it.
"People woke up. The citizens woke up," Woods said. "There were people across the country that donated to help this program stay alive."
After Tuesday's drug raids across Huntington, Woods tells Eyewitness News his phone started ringing non-stop with people who wanted to help addicts seek treatment.
"When the supply is cut it is harder to get a hold of," Woods said. "Then the dope sickness sets in."
Hands of Hope Christian Fellowship leader Jason Ellison was just one of many neighbors who have started reaching out to help recovery programs in the Huntington community. Ellison spent the evening putting together packages to hand out on the streets. He said he hopes to reach as many addicts as he can who need help.
"We need people who are going to work with them step by step in recovery," Ellison said.
To help or learn more about the Heroin Hearse, just visit their Facebook page.