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HIGH POINT, N.C. – When Debra Hill pulled up to the stop light at Westchester and North Main Street around noon Monday, she noticed something wrong with the driver in the next car.

"He was slumped over,” Hill said. “His eyes were closed."

Hill says he also wasn't moving.

"His complexion was a grayish purplish color,” she said. “He had drool coming out the side of his mouth."

She and several other people ran over to help.

"I grabbed my phone, jumped out of the car, called 911,” she said. "I started hitting him in the face to see if he was conscious."

A rescue squad and paramedics quickly showed up.

"They gave the young man a shot of Narcan,” she said. “He came back."

Narcan is medicine used to reverse the effects of a drug overdose.

High Point police arrested the man for DWI not related to alcohol.

"I just thank God that there were people there at the right moment, at the right time," Hill said.

Hill was on her way to pick up flyers and a banner for a community walk, supporting families dealing with addiction.

"Trying to bring an awareness about drug addiction," she said.

Hill is president of Alive and Free Addiction Resources Ministry.

The non-profit helps families find rehab programs and other tools to help loved ones battling addiction.

"We want to help people,” Hill said. “We want people to be not ashamed and reach out for help."

It’s a cause that hits close to home for Hill.

"We've lost family members,” she said. “It's been a really rough road for a lot of people in my family."

Hill says she's grateful she could help the driver and keep his family from going through some of that pain.

"The young man could have lost his life," she said.

Hill’s group will host a 5k Walk for Freedom on May 20th at Doak Park in Thomasville at 10 a.m.