Heroin: A Pandemic that is Sweeping Our Nation

Heroin Is the Most Abused Drug in the World

In many cities across the United States, heroin use has become pandemic. It has become a national problem that has been highlighted by the presidential race. With the cost of oxycodone and hydrocodone going up per pill, one can purchase a day’s supply of heroin much cheaper.

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Unfortunately there are many that are dying from overdosing (OD) on heroin. Heroin is a powerful respiratory depressant that can cause a person to stop breathing. If help is not provided immediately, the person dies. Another complication to the OD crisis are some of the additives that are added to the heroin. One such deadly additive is fentanyl, which is another opiate-based drug, which also causes respiratory distress. The combination of these two is very dangerous and can be deadly.

Heroin is usually injected with an IV and many use “dirty” needles (needles used over and over again and by different people). With this in mind we see a very high risk of infectious diseases associated with the use of “dirty” needles. Diseases such as:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Safe Zones

There is a thought being promoted, once again, that we should create “safe zones” for those that chose to use. These “safe zones” would provide protection from the law and would also provide clean needles along with providing access to substance abuse counselors.

The Solution

While on the surface this sounds good and compassionate, it just does not work. These “safe zones” for a time remove some of the negative consequences that come with this behavior which mocks the principle of sowing and reaping found in Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The person using heroin needs to feel the full force of these negative consequences, which are given to him by God, in the attempt to bring that person to God.

Another reason that these “safe zones” have not worked and will not work is that they do not identify the real problem, which is sin. The substance abuse counselors at these “safe zones” will inform the person that they have a disease causing them to do what they are doing. They lead them into a victim mentality. The person addicted to heroin needs to hear the Truth with compassion. They need to understand what their real problem is (sin) and then be introduced to the One (Jesus) that can make them free – FINALLY!!!

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Dr. George T. Crabb (D.O., F.A.C.O.I.) is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internist. In addition to practicing Internal and Addiction Medicine in Naples, Florida, Dr. Crabb writes medical communications for Reformers Unanimous International. Dr. Crabb’s passion has always been to help others through the liberating truth of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

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