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Anti-drug group to give presentation Sunday

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

The leader of a local anti-drug organization says she wants to teach drug users about the dangers of their choices, and give them a message of hope.

Mothers Against Methamphetamine will give a presentation Sunday, at 6 p.m., at Ole Country Church located at 2649 Ga. Highway 155 North in McDonough.

Marilyn Stephens is the leader of the group's Life Line of Hope chapter - the first in Georgia - which covers Henry, Spalding and Rockdale counties. Stephens, who is also a bailiff for Henry County Superior Court, said her fight against methamphetamine began five years ago, when she was introduced to a well-known Christian book.

"I read 'The Purpose Driven Life,'" by Rick Warren, she said. "I prayed that God would show me something I could do for other people. Then he gave me a heart for addicts."

Since the group's inception, Stephens continued, its members have presented literature to inmates at jails in each of the three counties in its region, and at state prison facilities. She said she wants to educate people who "don't know what they're up against" regarding narcotics.

"I believe methamphetamine is Satan's choice weapon against mankind," said Stephens. "Our mission is to provide compassionate and competent drug education and rehabilitation to the addict, their family and the community, that reflects the mercy of Jesus Christ."

There is no cost for admission to the event at Ole Country Church, and the public is invited. For more details, call Stephens at (770) 506-3903, or e-mail marilyn_stephens@bellsouth.net.