Unusual Approach Motivates Some Addicts To Seek Help
A “Heroin Hearse” in Huntington WV delivers a blunt message: “Heroin kills. Is this your last ride?” Owner Dwayne Wood drives thousands of miles to nearby states to raise addiction awareness and urge addicts to seek rehab.
As reported by NPR, Woods owns a 1988 Buick hearse with the words “Inject Heroin. Reject life,” stenciled on the side. On the back, it says “Heroin kills. Is this your last ride?”
It’s an ominous sight, parked in a rundown neighborhood where there have been a number of drug busts.
“There’s nothing around quite like this that I’m aware of,” he says with pride. “But I wish they were on every corner.”
Wood originally bought the hearse to carry his motorcycle. “I love my Harley. How cool would that be to see those ape hangers stickin’ out the roof of a hearse goin’ down the road,” he says.
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“Radio airwaves once again filled with overdose and death,” Wood recalls, shaking his head. “And that’s when I knew the true calling of the car. The car that was designed to haul death was revamped to give life.”
Revamped with strobe lights, a Bluetooth player and speakers that sometimes blare a vintage sounding siren.
Wood says the hearse is “a photo magnet.” Images of it have spread online. He started the Heroin Hearse Facebook page, which now has more than 7,000 followers. He organizes fundraisers for treatment centers and talks to addicts directly.
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To learn more about the impact one man is having for reaching addicts with an old hearse, please visit NPR.