The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 28, 2012

Candlelight vigil set against drug abuse

BECKLEY — A prescription drug abuse candlelight vigil will be Monday, Oct. 29, at Jim Word Park in Uptown Beckley.

The Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA) and the Raleigh County Family Resource Network (FRN) will host a candlelight vigil for families affected by prescription drug abuse and other drugs. MAPDA is a local support group for people who have been through or are going through circumstances of a loved one addicted to drugs. Rebecca Smith, founder of MAPDA, says they do more than just sympathize with families — they provide emotional and practical support as well as provide them with valuable resources for help. She says she wants people to know they are not alone in their struggle.

MAPDA is not just for mothers, but fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone who has a loved one facing substance abuse challenges. Their motto is “Say No to prescription drug abuse … say YES to Life.” MAPDA and FRN have worked together on other projects, such as Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Debbie Will-iams, director of FRN, says Take Back Days are a safe and responsible way of disposal of unused and unwanted drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

MAPDA has been in existence for around a year. It has meetings at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday at Raleigh General Hospital Education Center. For more information contact Rebecca Smith at 304-712-8515 or

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