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  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    2016-2017 Mission Focus "See...the Suffering: Drug Addiction"

    Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”
    (Isaiah 40:28-31, The Message)

    2016-2017 Mission Focus
    "See...The Suffering: Drug Addiction"

    While the good news is that alcohol use and cigarette smoking among 8th through 12th graders has dropped overall since 1995, the bad news is that there’s been little real change in illicit drug use during that same time period. In a 2015 study, 8% of 8th graders, 16.5% of 10th graders, and nearly 24% of 12th graders reported using illicit drugs in the past month.1
    In 1999, 418 adults aged 18-24 died from a prescription drug overdose. In 2014, that number was 1,741: or nearly five people a day. For every death due to a prescription drug overdose, there were 119 emergency room visits and 22 treatment admissions.2
    Nearly 48,000 women died of prescription painkiller (opioid) overdoses between 1999 and 2010. The rate of women dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers has increased nearly 400% in that time, compared to 265% increase among men. Women are more likely to be prescribed painkillers at higher doses and use them for longer times than men.3

    Drug addiction isn’t something that’s “someone else’s problem,” or something that could never happen in your church. Given the statistics, it’s quite likely that someone sitting in church with you on Sunday morning is struggling with addiction, or has a family member struggling with addiction.


    The 2016-2017 mission focus “See…the Suffering: Drug Addiction” invites American Baptist women and girls to explore:

    • The difference between understanding drug addiction as a moral failing versus understanding it as a disease;
    • How people become addicted to drugs;
    • What impact that addiction can have on them and on everyone around them;
    • How our faith calls us to respond.

    Watch here for more on this theme in the weeks to come.
    1.       https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/monitoring-future-2015-survey-results, accessed June 28, 2016
    2.       https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/abuse-prescription-rx-drugs-affects-young-adults-most, accessed June 28, 2016
    3.       http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/2013-07-vitalsigns.pdf, accessed June 28, 2016

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