Hens vs. Heroin raises awareness and money to fight addiction

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TOLEDO, Oh (WTVG) – “There’s people dying everyday in our city and in our state,” Matt Bell, president of Team Recovery said.

That’s the driving force behind the efforts of Team Recovery. The organization’s goal is to educate and help addicts and their families through recovery. Thursday, was its biggest awareness event yet.

“We want people to know that not only can you recover but you can have an amazing time and do some really cool things.” Bell said.

This year, as part of the Ohio vs. Heroin campaign, Team Recovery teamed up with the Toledo Mud hens to raise money and awareness about Ohio’s opiod epidemic.

“If we don’t talk about it, we won’t know how to find a way out,” Bell told 13abc.

Hens vs. Heroin was also a way to connect people to valuable resources, which included an opportunity to learn how to administer Narcan.

“It’s going to take every facet of this community to engage this opiate health crisis,” Lt. Bobby Chromik, DART officer with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office said.

As someone who works with addicts every day, he adds that getting the community involved is a huge part of saving lives.

“We’re getting the word out there; we’re breaking stigmas,” he said. “These adults are in recovery and giving back more to the community.”

It’s a tough process, but there is progress being made.

“This [Hens vs. Heroin] is proof in Lucas county and I think nationally they’re watching us,” Lt. Chromik said.

Proceeds from the Mud Hens game will be donated to Team Recovery to help fund programs and services for the community.