We recognize November 30th as NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE AWARENESS DAY, in order to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American communities.
A picture says it all. I watched this and cried. I’m not just sad, I am mad! The dealers are getting rich, knowing they are systematically killing their customers. It’s blood money, but in most cases the dealers are just as hooked as the customers. Where does this end?
Meth labs are in decent neighborhoods. Some people move many times in an attempt to escape drugs. A friend told me there was a meth lab about a block away from their house – in a small abandoned cinder block house. Meth makers are like rats in the dark. They wander around looking for an empty building to inhabit. They’ll use any kind of building and they don’t care if there are children playing next door. Actually, they count that as a bonus. Dealers have no conscience and will get anyone at any age hooked on meth. Remember, if they’re making their money that’s all that matters. They don’t care where the kids get the money (they often steal it from their parents). Meth dealers are selfish and destructive.
Even if a person moves to a so-called “upscale” neighborhood there is no guarantee there will not be drug dealers close by. Some of the more affluent areas are where the high schools seem to have the worst problems with drug use.
Some things are simply out of our control. All we can really do is teach our children about the evils of drug use and warn them about what could happen in their high school. We pray over our neighborhoods and our schools and hope the kids listen to our advice.
If you have a neighborhood watch or a homeowner’s association, make sure they are on board with drug issues – on the lookout for any suspicious behavior and ready to report it to the authorities. At any cost we need to protect the kids as much as possible.
Unfortunately, addicts often become thieves in order to afford their expensive habit. Please see this link for common sense advice about displaying wrapped gifts in front of open windows.
It’s tempting to have your beautiful Christmas tree displayed in a large picture window with presents underneath. Think about how tempting it would be for someone to smash your picture window and take the gifts. Even if you feel secure in your neighborhood this sort of burglary can happen. Addicts will do anything to get the money for their next high.
I pray for the ones who are addicted – and for the ones who fund their habit by selling to children. I pray for the children who are tempted to try drugs or feel peer pressure to give in to temptation. I pray for our neighborhoods – that God would bless us and protect us from this evil behavior. I pray for the rehab facilities set up to help addicts and that the addicts would see their need to take advantage of those facilities. I pray for the 12-step programs offered in churches. May they help many addicts in Jesus’ Name.
This is the day we recognize the problem exists, raise awareness and remind each other that we need to be more vigilant about where our children go in the neighborhood and who they hang out with. We love our kiddos and want to protect them.
Leave me a comment here if you vow to never try any drugs. By leaving a brief note such as I PROMISE, you are being proactive in your determination to stay away from this temptation. I hope after reading this post you will take a moment to leave a message. I promise to pray for you – that God will help you to keep that promise. ❤