BURIED ALIVE | Ex-addict lies in grave to raise awareness about opioids

BURIED ALIVE | Ex-addict lies in grave to raise awareness about opioids

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A former addict is going to extreme lengths to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic.

John Edwards traveled from Ireland to southwest Baltimore to be buried alive.

His goal is to reach those dying from addiction.

The gravesite is at Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church.

There, Edwards has dug a hole in a ground big enough for his modified casket.

It has vents for air to flow through.

The vents also act as a passage way for the electrical cords Edwards needs to broadcast his livestream about battling addiction.

Edwards, who grew up in Ireland and London, said he abused drugs and alcohol for over 20 years.

It wasn't until his father died that he finally got help.

In rehab, he found sobriety and faith in God.

It was Edwards’s faith that first brought him to Baltimore.

In 2005, he carried a large cross from Los Angeles to New York.

One of his stops was in Baltimore.

He told FOX45: “As I walked through different cities, I saw the problems that they had. when I came to Baltimore, I was walking through Baltimore and I saw the drugs and the brokeness and I’ve never forgotten it.”

He vowed to come back and bring some hope to the city.

Then he learned of the opioid crisis that’s sweeping the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 30,000 overdose deaths in 2017.

Now Edwards is touring the U.S. in the hopes his mock funeral will encourage others to begin their recovery.

He said: “I’m tired of seeing people die through drug addiction and alcoholism and suicide and murder, and I believe if I bring words of life from the grave, it can stop people ending up in a premature grave.”

Edwards plans to remain buried alive for the next two days while broadcasting his “grave chat” live stream.

Meanwhile, the church where he’s buried will also host events all weekend long.

More information is available at wilkensmennonite.org

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