VIDEO: Overcoming opioids is difficult for our neighbors struggling with drug addiction.
First Responders are taking a new approach to help people who have recently overdosed, find a new life.
“I started using heroin when I was 16. I'm 51 years old now. Last month was my first overdose and I think that was my wake up call,” said Abel Martinez.
His deep brown eyes do little to reveal everything that’s happened in those 51 years.
“The biggest thing that I have now is hope.”
Martinez says he’s traded heroin for that new h-word. Hope is a state of mind he hasn’t had in decades.
The change started with a visit from the fire department. Deon Popoy and Isaac Gomez are members of the first Texas Targeted Opioid Response team, called TTOR. It's a subdivision of the San Antonio Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Healthcare Unit.