Silence is not golden, at least not when it comes to dialog regarding this current drug epidemic. Be silent and lose more lives. We are only deceiving ourselves when we hide our, or our loved ones addiction to drugs including alcohol. The fear of others finding out we have an addiction, or our spouse, our child, or a close friend is strung- out may be a reflection on us personally. Personal pride in self is a terrible addiction too. Thinking for even one second that your or my reputation is too important to say "I need help" will only prove you and me to be arrogant fools if we wind up dead, or in jail from substance abuse. No one will say, "I am shocked! I can't believe they were using drugs!" They know, I'm sure.
Are we paying attention at all? By 2020, according to USA Today, one million will die from opioid overdose at the current rate of users. One hundred and seventy five people will die today from that type of drug. In 2012, there were 156,000 first time heroin users, and 500,000 sought help for addiction to the drug. By now, I am sure that has tripled.
The new epidemic is coming on strong, an old drug with a new batch of users... methamphetamine. This will get very ugly. Secure the hatches, roll up the sidewalks, the living dead are approaching. It was told to me by a police officer that the Mexican drug trade are selling heroin on the condition that the dealers in the USA buy large amounts of meth too.
The wall in the south may be okay by the naysayers before long. Meth will bring violence in your neighborhood if this drug is flooding our country, as many in the law business are predicting. So you don't have to worry about your neighbors finding out about your addiction, or that of your spouse or kids. Chances are good that they are buying the dope from your neighbor. Don't take that too lightly, it is going on.
Some people, actually a few people ask, "What can we do to help stop this onslaught?"
First of all pray. Pray for a spiritual renewal in our nation. Pray that God will use your willingness to help. Pray that you and those around you are not complacent and are silent with their children... everyone is a potential addict, your children are not immune to this evil, learn about it, then talk about it with them. Pray that you do not point fingers and play the blame game if you have an addiction, or your loved one does. Don't say, "he's just running around with the wrong type of friends." He is the wrong type of friend!
The main thing is, pray, get involved through word and deed. Pray also for EMS and the police. They need protection for sure, but also wisdom and patience to deal with addicts.