Neighbors create addiction resources in north side neighborhood following overdoses

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2016)-- After more than ten overdose deaths in their neighborhood, people in the Ravenswood area are fighting back.

They're fighting this from all angles, including getting help for addicts.

The grassroots effort to fight heroin is just getting started. Families are coming together to bridge resources to help their loved ones fighting addiction.

"We're up to about 13 deaths now in a very short time and these are young people," said Kenny Mcree.

Mcree's daughter is battling her addiction at a treatment facility in Florida, leaving four children behind.

The families heard from an intervention specialist and discussed ways they can help their loved ones get help and not enable them.

Community Health Network operates one of the states largest addiction and mental health programs and say helping loved ones get insurance is a start.

"There may be some options out there so going to the family and social services website for the state is important to learn about HIP 2.0, medicaid," said Suzanne Clifford.

Clifford is the Senior Vice President of Integrated Primary Care at Community Health Network. She says there's a national shortage of licensed clinicians to help addicts so many treatment centers are full or have a waiting list. Among the crowd at Wednesday's meeting in Ravenswood, there was a licensed addiction counselor who's ready to fight with this community even if the families don't have insurance.

"If it's going to happen we have to make it happen and we have the resources here and all we need to do is know how to pull it together and I've made a commitment to be apart of that," said licensed addictions counselor Art Adams.

Mcree says it's time for other neighborhoods facing the same issue to also take a stand.

"It's going to leave this neighborhood. And if it leaves this neighborhood it's gotta go somewhere so it's coming to your neighborhood so you need to get your people together because if you don't it's going to overtake your neighborhood," said Mcree.

The group hopes to use the neighborhood church as a safe place and resource hub for addicts to come to for help. They'll continue meeting weekly to form their own recovery model.

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