Faith and the fight to save lives: Church addresses heroin epidemic

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LORAIN, OH --  A Lorain County church is mixing faith and fellowship with a fight to save the lives of those battling heroin addictions.

Sunday service at the Greater Victory Christian Ministries Church in Lorain was filled with prayer and song.  The message this day was to break the chain of despair that comes with heroin addiction.

"This is about saving lives. It is not about judging folks," Pastor Tim Williams said.

Church members listened to the word and to a training video on Narcan, a nasal spray that can help reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

Laure Guest of Lorain believes Narcan might have saved her daughter’s life.

"On January 29th, I lost my 24-year-old daughter to heroin,” she said.

Greater Victory Christian Ministries is the first church in Lorain County to host a Narcan clinic to distribute the anti-overdose medication to anyone who asked for it.

“I also have another daughter who I now have in rehab. She's fighting for her life, and she's fighting this addiction.  And, I bring her home in two weeks.  So, I'm hoping to have this on hand just in case she relapses," Guest said.

Project Dawn, a pilot program that put Narcan in the hands of people in Lorain County,  is already credited with saving sixty lives this past year.

“I know a lot of people in this neighborhood that do heroin.  And if one of them was to happen to overdose on it, I could be there to administer the Narcan and save their life -- then that is a blessing," church member Dusty Tijerina said.

Working with area health departments, Greater Victory Christian Ministries was able to give out 75 Narcan kits.

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