Stand in the Gap against drug and alcohol abuse

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Thousands of people from three states marched into the small town of Cumberland Gap, TN to "Stand in the Gap."

These people believe faith is the only way to rid the tri-state of drug and alcohol abuse.

Drug and alcohol abuse is something everyone wishes did not affect them personally.

"Drugs are taking over our country as well as our area, and something needs to be done about it. So we are asking God to intervene," said Joyce Halcomb, who lives in Virginia.

And with God's help, thousands of people in the tri-state area are taking a stand.

These people say they marched for those battling drug abuse and against the problem.

Those who once used drugs and are now sober support this movement.

"You think that nobody cares. You want to believe that. But that's not true. There are people that do care, and you don't have to be like that. And there is a way out of that," said Susan Kress, who is from London, KY.

Former drug addicts say prayer is the only way out.

"I have used prescription drugs in the past myself. And by the grace of God, I've overcome that," said Mark King, who lives in Harrogate, TN.

"If I did it, then anybody can do it because I was one of those people everybody thought there was no hope for but there is," said Kress.

Hope from others and help from above is what these people are counting on to rid this crisis.

"Hopefully, they will see this, and they will see that there's a group of people here that actually care," said King.

Marchers say it's now their choice to turn their lives around for the better.

The thousands of people barely fit into the downtown of Cumberland Gap where there was a prayer and worship service following the march.

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