Middletown Zombie Walk raises money for heroin treatment center
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) - It’s a walk to send a powerful message about a drug ravaging local communities. The "Zombie Walk for Recovery" brought hundreds to downtown Middletown to raise awareness.
“I created the opportunity for people to come down and put something on their face so that they feel anonymous. So that they could come out here, have fun, and get information about all the different opiates and we have treatment facilities here that you can get information from to help people out, to help yourself out," said Joe Thomas, who organized the event.
The Zombie Walk featured people of all ages. Some have been affected directly by the drugs. Nola Lamb brought her two daughters to the events to have fun, but also to educate them.
"My uncle overdosed on heroin and I just know that it’s not a good thing to do and I’m trying to pass that onto my little sister," said Nola’s 14-year-old daughter, Briannah.
Earlier this week, Middletown police found a woman overdosed at the Red Roof Inn. Her 8-year-old daughter allegedly told police that her mother often goes into the bathroom and locks the door and that she believes that her mother is shooting up.
Despite sad stories like that one, the police chief says overdoses in the city are down 30% in the last four months.
Friday night, teachers brought your students to take part in the awareness walk.
Tiffany Aponte brought her students. “We don’t just stand by and watch what’s happening. We want to take a stand and, you know, reach out and do it. We can to fight the epidemic," said Aponte.
Advocates for recovery say the walk is a different way for the community to step towards awareness together.
“I was an eight year heroin attic. I’m 6 1/2 now clean and now I just want to help others to do the same thing,” Thomas said. “You can overcome it. It is just a barrier that you are currently facing, but if you just keep on pushing, you will be able to break it down.”
The organization is hoping to work with the Middletown Police Department and area hospitals. The money raised will go toward a treatment facility in the city of Middletown.