Clarksburg woman fighting drug epidemic in her neighborhood

HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - When Mendi Scott saw the opioid epidemic taking over her neighborhood she decided to take action.

"I went to a city council meeting and met with the mayor and told her that, as everyone knows, we have a huge drug problem," Scott said "And I felt like we needed to do more than was already being done,"

Scott then worked with the city to come up with a way to inform more people about resources available for those battling with addiction.

"So we came up with a plan to make the flyers, go to different neighbors, and we try to do this once a month if not more,"

The group, who call themselves 'In Sync' have been doing their monthly walks for three years now.

They walk different neighborhoods in Clarksburg each month, leaving information on support groups and treatment hotlines like Help for West Virginia.

And while handing out information may seem like a small thing, Scott says it has made real changes.

"We've had a lot of people say that because of the flyers they were able to get in contact, we were able to find a support group, or we were able to call the tip line to report criminal or drug activity," said Scott

Members of city council also join the walks when they can.

Mayor Cathy Goings says she has seen change with an increase in calls to the state hotline number.

"They said they have gotten calls, especially from the 1-800 number," Mayor Goings said "If it saves one person's life then it's well worth the walks,"

Overall Scott hopes that her work will allow those struggling not to be ashamed to seek help.

"I want people to know, don't be ashamed," said Scott "Don't not get out and seek treatment or seek a support group, or anything like that because their are so many people effected who understand,"

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction they can call or text the Help West Virginia hotline at 1-844-HELP4WV