Akron Say No to Dope leader shares what it's like to place hundreds of addicts in recovery

Posted at 7:24 AM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 07:24:53-04

Akron Say No To Dope has rescued hundreds of opioid addicts over the last year, but they've also lost some to deadly overdoses. 

Tugg Massa, a recovering addict, heads the organization.

"I'm in my forties, and I had 27 years drug use," said Massa.  "They can't get one past me. "You can't want it more than they do. "I get down in that hole and try to pull them out."

Massa said he has avoided attending funerals, as it becomes too difficult to handle. Over the last two weeks, Massa said he knows of at least 10 people who have died because of opioid use.

"He had an infection around his heart and he took a turn for the worst and he passed away," Massa said of one user he knew.

Massa's organization offers help to users 24 hours a day. He places them in recovery programs and gives advice to keep clients on the right path. 

It has become an obsession that helps keep him clean.