In the middle of a drug epidemic, a recovering heroin addict wants to share his hope and help others find help this weekend.

After going through rehab and a halfway house program, Jonathon Miller launched Project Purple in Elizabethtown.

"We're losing people left and right," Miller said. "Every day, someone is dying from this disease, this addiction, this choice ... whatever people want to call it.

"That's why this project is so important, because it affects everybody."

It's part of a national initiative raises awareness for substance abuse, and led by former NBA player Chris Herren, who battled addiction for more than 10 years, only to get kick the habit.

Since getting clean, Miller has regained custody of his 3-year-old son and wants others to learn how they, too, can change their lives.

The project's kick-off event is Saturday. It will feature recovery resources and speakers, game tournaments, food trucks, raffles and activities for kids.

It's received support from the local community, U of L and UK.

"The main purpose is for families and people to come out and not only find out how to get help, but see what that help does for you," Miller said.

The event goes from 12-7 p.m. Saturday at The Journey Church on Chase Way in Elizabethtown.

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