Throughout our world there are many addicts. We’re addicted to stuff that the world offers as a solution… but these solutions are proving to be one of our greatest problems.
In total, there are about 25 million problem drug users worldwide. Virtually every part of our world feels the effects of drugs, whether through trafficking supply or meeting demand.
The total number of us projected to die from tobacco use per year is expected to rise to 6.4 million in 2015, accounting for 10% of all global deaths.
The problem of drugs appears in many forms: from youth drug addiction, prescription drug abuse, contribution to the spread of HIV/AIDS through lack of education, rehabilitation and medical care… to people being used by gangs as drug mules and suffering abuse by drug lords or cartels.
In the USA - the world’s largest consumer of cocaine - it’s estimated that spending on narcotics has exceeded the total GDP of more than 80 of our world’s poorest countries combined.
…7 million Americans also abuse prescription drugs that contain internationally controlled substances.
…3.3 million people across Europe abuse heroin.
But drug abuse is not just a problem for wealthy nations… The downtrodden and destitute often turn to drug abuse for relief.
Around 90% of all homeless children abuse substances – medicines, alcohol, cannabis and industrial products like glue… Glue, the most common and cheaply bought drug can provide temporary distraction from harsh temperature, fear, hunger, despair and loneliness. However children are easily addicted and any money they do have access to, once addicted, tragically goes toward the next fix. Child soldiers similarly turn to drugs to overcome the trauma of conflict.
…so just like being a slave and ‘belonging’ to someone, being a slave to addiction is robbing people of the future for which God created them. We have to ask, who is helping those addicted and in need? Who is supporting them and their families? Who is loving regardless of addiction…?