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Loved ones show solidarity in fight against drug epidemic

September 5, 2017 – Breaking the stigma association with the disease of addiction is a key mission in the battle against the nation’s drug crisis. Friends and families of those living with addiction must know they are not alone. There is a support system available to all.

Malvern Institute sponsored a candlelight vigil last week at Rose Tree Park in Media so the public can see how many people have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. The event was hosted by the Delaware County/Chadds Ford Chapter of Kacie’s Cause.

Attendance of the vigil prompted the Delco Times to use the front page to highlight the resolve of friends and family to continue their efforts to curb the problem.

From the article:

Friday morning, Jess Ragni of Chester Heights was still feeling some post-vigil emotions.

When she was asked to be the leader of the local chapter of Kacie’s Cause, she didn’t hesitate. The organization – founded by Andrew Rumford of Chester County in memory of his 23-year-old daughter, Kacie, who died of a heroin overdose in 2013 – is focused on awareness.

“It’s something you need to start early,” said Ragni. She was immediately reminded of the time when she found pills on the floor of her son’s room. She was so grateful her daughter, who was only 5 at the time, didn’t find them and pick them up, thinking they were candy.

Today, her daughter is a healthy 13-year-old. Her son, 26, has been in and out of rehabilitation facilities and recovery homes.

“There is no end in sight,” Ragni told the crowd at the vigil, referring to her son’s addiction. “I know the pain all of you feel.”

If you or a loved one are living with addiction and have any questions about the Malvern Intervention Services or the Malvern 90-Day Model, please give us a call at 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

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