The Answer To The Opioid Epidemic

J. D. Conley
October 1, 2017

A significant portion of our country's populace is in the iron grip of an opioid epidemic. Huntington, WV, our not too far distant neighbor, holds the dubious title of "the overdose capitol of the country," This WV city sees approximately 10 times the national average of opioid overdoses, averaging around five to seven per day. In 2015, there were 26 overdoses in a single day. As horrific as this is, the Buckeye State leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. One in nine heroin deaths across the U.S. occurred here in Ohio. In Montgomery County it is estimated that 800 people will die this year from drug overdose, that's more than double the 370 overdose deaths the county recorded last year. The Montgomery County morgue is at full capacity all the time, averaging 10 bodies a day. Here in Washington County there were 26 overdose deaths in 2016, but statewide there were over 7000 deaths in 2016! How sad! How tragic!

What is the ultimate answer to this colossal problem? So many are beyond human or medical or psychiatric help. The following parody was discovered in a telephone booth in Sunderland, England many years ago. "King Heroin is my shepherd, I shall always want: He maketh me to lie down in the gutters. He leadeth me beside the troubled waters: he destroy eth my soul He leadeth me in the paths of wickedness for the effort's sake. Yea, I shall walk through the valley of poverty and fear all evil, for thou, Heroin, art with me. They stripped the table of groceries in the presence of my family; thou robbest my head of reason, my cup of sorrow runneth over. Surely heroin addiction will stalk me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the damned for ever."

This was written by a young woman of only twenty years of age. In her desperation to break the shackles of addiction, she had exhausted all her options. Hospitals had failed her, even a stay in prison didn't improve her pitiful plight. At last, she found no one or no thing to turn to for real lasting help and soberness. The poor girl who wrote this parody of the 23rd Psalm, evidently was familiar with the Scriptures but she had no knowledge of Jesus Christ or His saving power. It is He who makes all things possible, (Mt. 19:26), It is Christ Who is at hand to rescue people "that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will" (2Tim.2:26). Jesus is the answer to the opioid epidemic, and to all of man's problems.