Melrose Baptist Church will open its’ doors Wednesday night for a community discussion on opioids.
“The opioid epidemic is real,” said Brenda Rowe, associate pastor.
“The addiction crisis is real. We’re faced with it right in our own community. I felt like God was calling me to do something with this at our church.”
Rowe says the topic has a personal tie. One of her family members is battling an opioid addiction so she wanted to make sure others in the community can talk about prevention and recovery steps.
“Our faith community needs to be open to loving people and encouraging people and not judgmental,” said Rowe.
“We all have issues in life, and this is chance that Melrose Baptist Church can reach out to our community.”
Wednesday night will kick off a four week study of the book, ‘Dopesick.’ Author Beth Macy is expected to be in attendance.
Rowe tells WFXR News the Prevention Council, Virginia Department of Health, and recovering individuals will also be there to share their stories.
The discussion starts a 6 p.m. on Melrose Baptist Church on Peters Creek Rd.