Anti-drug activists, churches rally in Ohio city

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – Activists trying to raise awareness of the heroin problem plan a series of weekend events capped by a march through a southwest Ohio city.

The Journal-News of Hamilton and Middletown reports ( ) that nearly 30 churches are participating in what’s called Hope Over Heroin Hamilton. A support and awareness group, Heroin Control, staged its first rally one year ago in Hamilton.

That group was started by two mothers whose children were battling addiction. One, Candy Murray Abbott, says she expects a big turnout for Sunday’s march.

The weekend events include music, food, prayer and testimonials from those who have overcome addiction.

One pastor says it’s an important time for churches to work together, with Butler County among many Ohio areas hit hard by the national surge of heroin use.

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