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A New Mural Depicting "Hope Over Heroin"

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - The country's drug epidemic has killed thousands and devastated families and communities.

But it is also inspiring some to take action.

One of the Lexington artists who painted the mural dedicated to Trinity Gay is hoping a new one depicting hope over heroin will help drug addicts recover.

As hundreds of cars drive by on Broadway, Dani Greene envisions her next Lexington mural.

The concept is simple, but the message is powerful.

"It's geared toward the pain of addicts," said Greene. "They fight demons everyday. They fight battles with demons everyday and they live to tell about it."

As she makes her marks, she thinks about the friends she's lost to heroin addiction, and the woman who raised her.

"My mom was an alcoholic. I know what it's like to live with sick people. She was pretty sick. She never got help," said Greene.

She wanted the mural in a spot that people in Lexington will notice.

She asked the owner of Max's Loudon Square Buffet for a wall near the intersection of Loudon Avenue and Broadway. He quickly said yes.

Another mural of Greene's is a few blocks down Broadway, dedicated to the memory of Trinity Gay. She was shot and killed about this time last year. Greene said there's one common thread between the two murals: pain.

"To get people more aware that we struggle with sick people, whether it's shooting people, killing people, it's still the same thing," said Greene.

But this painting will also represent hope over heroin addiction.

"This mural is speaking out for recovering addicts. 'Hey, you're doing a good job.' Instead of breaking hearts to their families and their friends, they're trying to get better," said Greene.

Greene says she's working with a non-profit to set up a donation page. She says any money raised will go toward places that help drug addicts.

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