Eight counties rally against drug abuse

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - People came together in three different states to fight against drug and alcohol abuse.

The second year of "Stand in the Gap" included eight counties in Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

Their walk was silent, but the message behind it was loud.

Former drug user, Melanda Adams was one of the many voices.

"I was at the bottom. I was 24 years old and I knew that I wasn't going to make it to," said Adams.

She along with hundreds of others, marched against alcohol and drug abuse at Stand in the Gap.

"We believe it's time for the church to come together as one, and pray for the people who are addicted and against the drugs and alcohol that's addicting them," said community member David King.

With every step during the walk, they prayed for different topics in the fight against drugs.

Seven other counties in the tri-state area are marched as well, and even though they were in different places, people in Bell County said it is about coming together as a community.

"It's not Clay County; it's not Bell County or just small towns. Everybody's affected by drugs, especially prescription. It's how our world is now," said Adams.

Those affected said the march was encouraging.

"To have people show up and say we care, we're here and you're not the only one. It gives you encouragement," said Adams.

It gave them hope that their faith can make a difference.

The march was followed by a worship service, where Adams shared her story of recovery with the crowd.

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