The opioid epidemic is real. But what does that have to do with church—with our congregation? Hopefully—nothing! But surely we know someone or there is a family member who has had or is having some kind of addiction issue.
To make it worse, doctors haven’t helped as much as they could by being careless in prescribing habits. An interesting statistic was reported on this today. Nearly 90% of opioid prescriptions written by hand weren’t in line with “best practice” guidelines, a new study reveals. Those prescriptions printed through some electronic means had a 47% probability of failing to meet best prescribing practices.
Fentanyl is such a dangerous drug that a fatal dose can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled through the lungs. A ten-year-old boy, Alton Banks, came into contact with fentanyl and lost his life. It’s unknown how this happened, but an incidental contact is suspected. Drugs not only destroy lives through addiction, but they can easily kill you through overdose. The dose of this drug is measured in micrograms and is most often delivered through a patch on the skin.
The most often abused drug is alcohol. Scripture does address drunkenness and condemns its practice. “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” the proverbs tell us.
How do we as God’s people deal with this social issue or should we say, “sin issue?” Cannabis and products from it are being sold legally as recreational drugs in many states. Our prisons are filled with men and women caught up in the drug trade. Now it seems the floodgates have been opened to an onslaught of dangerous chemical substances. Isn’t there something wrong here?
We are to be vigilant and wise as we tread onward in our culture. Teaching our children and grandchildren is no guarantee they will go unscathed through life. But we must teach and be an example of godly living that is drug free. Charles Bishop