In Response to Opioid Epidemic, Pilgrims Go the Way of Love

East Charleston, WV
March 26-27
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In Response to Opioid Epidemic, Pilgrims Go the Way of Love
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Around the city of Huntington- Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia
1608 Virginia Street
East Charleston, WV 25311
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A Way of Love Pilgrimage to Huntington, WV: March 25-26, 2019

Lay and ordained people from across the greater Mid Atlantic region are scheduled to walk the Way of Love on March 25-26 as pilgrims to a West Virginia town hit hard by the tragedy of the opioid epidemic: Huntington. Organized by the Episcopal Church Province III Task Force on Responding to the Opioid Epidemic, the pilgrims will visit places where the local community has found innovative, compassionate ways to respond to the wave of addiction that has claimed the lives and loved ones of too many residents of the town.

According to the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy Strategic Plan, more than 10% of the population of Huntington is addicted to opioids. For 2016, 1,476 drug overdose incidents were reported in Cabell County–a 443% increase over 2014. Widely regarded as “Ground Zero” for the Opioid epidemic in the United States, community leaders in Huntington acknowledged the grave situation early and is becoming an example for other communities seeking to offer a caring response, prevention strategies, and recovery resources that really serve individuals and families in need. Pilgrims will walk in the Way of Love through Huntington together: crossing boundaries, listening deeply, and living like Jesus. (For more information on the Way of Love, see: )

The Way of Love journey will lead pilgrims through places of prayer and witness, offering time to listen to stories, hear recent research findings, and learn more about productive programs inside and outside of church buildings. Featured guests include: the Right Reverend Mike Klusmeyer, Bishop of West Virginia who founded the task force in May 2017; Rebecca Crowder, Executive Director of Lily’s Place, a facility that cares for infants facing neo-natal abstinence syndrome; The Rev. Jeff Allen, Executive Director West Virginia Council of Churches; and other local leaders from the faith and re

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