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Apr 17, 2016 10:16 PM

Manchester church asks community to join against opioid epidemic

MANCHESTER - The Dialogue Church in Manchester held it's first-ever "Weekend of Hope" and the turnout was huge.

Dozens gathered in song and prayer, turning to each other for support. The church was founded five years ago by Pastor Steve Jesmer, who was once a drug addict and dealer. As he describes it, he is now dealing hope, instead of dope.

This weekend, the church brought in 15 recovery organizations along with city and state officials as a way to open up the dialogue about addiction and recovery.

"We are all need each other. We are better together and if we would all raise our voices together," Jesmer said. "We can take back our city from this addiction problem."

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard is on the frontline of the opioid epidemic. His department is fighting the crisis from all angles.

"I have hope," the chief said. "At this point it feels like that’s all I have because regardless of all that we’re doing, everyday somebody in the state of New Hampshire is dying."

Kayla Miner is in recovery and like Pastor Steve, she fights to say on the right path and inspire others who may be struggling.

"I used to be that person in an alley with, using drugs and you know having paraphernalia in my car and today I'm strong," Miner said. "Everybody's human beings and we all need each other."

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