Growing up in Southern Ohio, we have access to major highways that intersect, I-75, I-70, I-74, etc. This is a real benefit to the residents mainly for convenience to be able to go from state to state, or for having the ability to live a distance from your job and arrive at work fairly quick. The intersecting highways also bring amusement parks, restaurants, and access to state parks and lakes. THere is another thing that arrives with all of this convenience...drug traffic and it's side effect, crime.
As much as we hate to admit it, our lovely little communities are drug zones that need attention via community clean-up. On Tuesday evening, a heroin forum is being held by the Coalition for a Healthy Middletown, at Miami University Middletown branch. The plan is to discuss what can be done to stop heroin use, eliminate crimes related, and stop the spread of the hep-b, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. Myself, along with several members at our Celebrate Recovery group at Stratford Heights COG plan to be there, mainly to hear resolution and offer our help. Help is needed. 49 people died from heroin overdose last year. 305 felony arrests, 90% were heroin related. Shocking to some, oh well that's life to others. To many, this is not their concern until it is they, their spouse, or their children who are affected.
What I would like to see come from this meeting more than anything, attendance. Every person who has lost their child to drug use of any kind, each family that has a family member incarcerated, or that believe or know as fact that a loved one has a substance abuse problem, to show up and listen. We cannot live silently in denial and be codependant with this epidemic any longer, this is for real. I have many ideas that would be helpful, and I know what works; rather I know Who works, but it takes our admission that this entire area is poisoned by addictions. Looking the other way does not fix anything and sorrow lies ahead for many.
"Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, 'surely we did not know this,' does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?" Prov.24:11-12 NKJV
If you don't care, God knows it. If you have children growing up, or like me, grandchildren, don't be silent until your home is filled with sorrow, consequences 49 families experienced from heroin overdose. "That won't happen in my home," you say. Congratulations, you have joined the "it will be okay club", a large number of unique people that are sure their children will tell them when they decide to try drugs. Come out of the ether, you didn't tell your parents your personal sins, neither will they.
Take the time to come to the meeting at MUM Tuesday evening. Perhaps you may hear what you need to hear, or say something that may cause others to go beyond discussion to action. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.