Roughly 400 people turned out Thursday night for the Waverly Heroin Awareness Night at Waverly High School.
A sizeable crowd that event organizers say shows just how much their community wants to do something about the current epidemic.
The nearly three hour long event allowed law enforcement, health professionals, victims, and recovering addicts to come together and speak out about heroin usage in the Waverly community.
Founder of the Valley Addiction and Drug Education group, Lisa Bailey, says her and her husband decided to do something about the epidemic when they recognized heroin was becoming a trend in their community.
“I’m tired of seeing these kids die,” Bailey said.
“I’m tired of going to their funerals and I’m tired of giving these kids hugs saying ‘please be safe don’t do this.’ That’s not working. Sitting around worrying is not working so we have to do something as a community.”
Bailey says feedback within the Waverly community has been huge and she says there is help out there for those that need it.