Saturday, 26 September 2009

What has happened to the war on drugs?

I do not have an answer I just want to get people’s views. Working in the ‘Supporting People sector’ I have been very sad over the years at the way in which drug’s destroy lives, families, communities, hopes and dreams.

Is this a job for the police to do? In my opinion, this is a job for us all to do. We all have a part to play in this. Are we educating our children at home about the perils of drugs instead of expecting the schools to do it all? What are our views on ‘Law and order?’ Do we have a laid-back attitude towards the laws of our land? Are we prepared to take up our duty as citizens and be a witness to acts of lawlessness or are we expecting someone else to do it? The police for example, can only prosecute with evidence and witness accounts.

Why am I even on the subject you may ask? Well I live in an area of regeneration, an area where there is low unemployment, many one-parent families, council housing and high levels of depression within the area. I so often see young people with nothing to do as there are few community resources for them to access and we, as a Tenants & Residents Association are pushing for this in partnership with the Local council and housing providers. I often ask these youths about their dreams and aspirations and many do not have any. Some of the youths they will openly tell you about the use of cannabis – which I believe still to be a leader drug into class A drugs and cannabis itself is destructive enough within its own rights – others youth talk of trying to make a quick bit of money as they don’t have much going on for themselves. I talk about this subject because I am concerned about the influences upon our younger generation.

I would strongly urge you to get involved within your local communities or if not involved, find out what is out there for the children and teenagers within your communities and hold your elective representatives responsible for the needs of your communities. Do not be fooled either, the drug issue is not just problem for those who live in an area like mine; it destroys lives on all fronts, all classes, all races, all genders, all countries and so on.

Although I have talked about drugs, many other crimes come attached to this issue.

So I finish where I started - What has happened to the war on drugs?

I strongly recommend spending 15 minutes to listen to the lyrics of these three James Brown songs. They are truly deep and meaningful. Put it on facebook, twitter and the like for our children and youth to listen to (if you listen to all three songs you will hopefully also understand the depth of the lyrics). I thank God that James Brown had the inspiration to sing about this issue – RIP James Brown.

James Brown link ‘King Heroin’

James Brown link ‘Public Enemy Number one’ Pt 1

James Brown link ‘Public Enemy Number one’ Pt 2

I pray that this may cause us all to look deeply at our youth, our communities and our own lives. Please do leave your comments on this issue, by clicking on the 'comment' text below.

As ever, remember the following:

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)
 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

Brother Don


Eddington said...

Hey Brother Don, I want to thank God for the gift he has given you and for you puting it to use.

This issue you have raised of the war on drugs is a hard and sad one. I don't want to think it's for the police alone to handle nor the government.

Like you say the responsibility is upon us all, I second the motion.

It looks to me like it's going to take some good generations to sort of get it under control.

There are just some parents who desperately need the grae of God to see that the way they are modeling their children is not right.

I really believe the only way is for the church to keep praying, and for as many of us to take the responsibility you, me and many others out there fighting for good cause are doing.

This kind of careless attitude shouldn't be really happening in the first world, where there is so much opportunity and enlightment.

Unfortunately some of these opportunities are being abused badly, e.g. access to the internet where these youths get a lot of their influence. Excellent as it is they however choose to to follow the bad rather than the good.

Man, I can go on and on about this, but the answer to your question is I honestly don't have it, I feel we are a long way away from it, but one soul at a time, some day we will get close.

I think a different approach which again some of these youth don't want to pay attention to, is seeking self help programmes, as they find church way too uncool, but we just have to keep doing the best we can, but it is a long and hard battle.

Especially that there are people who are encouraging and supporting it for their own gain, and some who turn a blind eye on issues?

Man, it's just sensitive as well, but it has to be said!

Keep it up.


Anonymous said...

You are so right, it is the responsibility of all of us to warn and teach against drugs - do not forget the addictive qualities of alcohol either. We so often overlook this socially acceptable drug - and drug it is. How often is a drunk scorned and ridiculed 'because it is their own fault' I would argue it is not their own fault - there but for the grace of God go any one of us. Ask any alcoholic what there ambition was when they were younger - none will give you the answer 'to end up like this'. They are trapped in their addiction just the same way as all of us get trapped in different sins from time to time. The enemy blinds and decieves us all at times. My challenge to you all - the next time you see a drunk, try to see him/her as Jesus sees them - with eyes and heart full of love. Next, I want you to pray for that person as you have never prayed before. If we, as christians, don't act now then I dread to think what the repercussions of our present binge drinking society will be in another 10 years time or less. The NHS will not be able to cope, they aren't coping now with the alcoholics they already have, in fact they turn them away. The only way an alcoholic gets any help from the NHS is if they have other medical or surgical problems. If their only problem is alcohol they will be turfed out onto the street at the first opportunity - if they even get admitted in the first place. Less then a year ago a lady I knew had been declared a vulnerable adult yet was discharged from HRI without letting any family or next of kin know where she was. She had been discharged to a refuge and therefore could not tell anyone where she was. She needed help but had been cut off from the very people who were offering it to her.

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