Preaching and saving lives: Local church tackles heroin epidemic

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LORAIN, OH – Service at Greater Victory Christian Ministries will be a little different than usual on Sunday.

Pastors Tim and Deena Williams will instead be hosting a Narcan clinic. The nasal spray can help reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

“We realized that we weren`t getting a significant turn out at the health department, and we just thought what can we do to better or further expose this and make it more accessible to folks, and so it was just a natural fit,” said Pastor Tim Williams.

Anyone in the community is welcome to take part, and at the end they’ll get a free Narcan kit.

During the service, there will be singing and prayer, along with a 20 minute training video.

There will also be medical professionals on site and a former addict who plans to share his story of recovery.

Before July, only first responders were able to administer Narcan, but Ohio lawmakers have since changed the law.

Now the public is able to use it too, as long as they have the right training and a prescription.

“The prescription epidemic has no socio-economic borders anymore, no zip code. Our Coroner has been in every community in Lorain County with an overdose death. So again, opening up access to people throughout the community to get this is very important,” said Elaine Georgas, Executive Director of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County.