AUXIER — For the second year, two area churches worked together to get out the message that there is help for drug addiction, during a substance abuse awareness event Saturday night.
Those who gathered in the Auxier Park heard personal stories and messages about how drug addiction can be overcome, interspersed with gospel music performances. Those who attended were also treated to free dinner consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and a drink.
The event was the result of a collaboration between Auxier United Methodist Church and the East Point Free Pentecostal Church of God.
Mearl Music, pastor of Auxier United Methodist, said it is crucial that the message that addiction is beatable be heard.
“We’re trying to get the word out that help is available,” Music said. “We’re living in a dark and dying world.
“This used to be a good community,” Music said. “Auxier was a fine place. Now, drugs have infiltrated. It’s rumored to be — I don’t know for sure, but I’ve heard it — that Auxier is the drug capital of Floyd County.”
Those attending also learned about Kentucky Mission Bible Training Camp, a faith-based residential program that works to help those suffering from addiction or emotional problems.