PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - Many call it an epidemic, and now Operation UNITE is planning a prayer rally to try and help the drug problem in eastern Kentucky.
On November 18th, organizers want citizens from across southern and eastern Kentucky to join together in prayer for guidance in addressing substance abuse issues.
On Thursday, they started planning the rally which will be held at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
"All of our communities are torn by the drug epidemic. We want to see a change," said Carl Varney with Operation UNITE.
Those that attended the planning meeting say prayer is one solution to the problem.
"I truly believe that is the way we are going to make a difference. We've tried everything else," said Marionette Little who is a substance abuse counselor with Pike County Schools.
Organizers want to see the entire congressional district praying for the problem that seems to only be getting worse.
"You become discouraged, but I believe that we are going to come together as God's children, and we are going to have to pray and seek his face," said Little.
Organizers hope that the prayer does not stop with the initial rally.
"We would like this to spread as a fire would like a wildfire. We want it to spread through out the communities in the fifth district," said Varney.
There will also be a prayer rally in Somerset the same day.
For more information you can email Carl Varney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another planning meeting will be held September 17th at 7 pm.