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From Jim Barnhart

March 28, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Dear Editor,

For some time, I've been on a quest to understand and determine a possible solution to the Opioid dilemma that plagues our country. I've heard a lot of opinions and talk, but no solutions. I have come to the conclusion it will take a generation or generations, and only if the mindset of a majority changes. The change that needs to happen is we must get away from the "pill for everything" mindset. It's a well known fact most of the opioid addicts begin their quest by watching their parents or grandparents taking their "medicine" then following their example.

Most churches have stepped up with prayer and programs to try to help, and I certainly agree Jesus is the Answer for every human weakness. The problem is, most churches are full of weak pill popping addicts. I regret to say I've watched people share their pills across the pews and think nothing about it. Yes, of course, I'm sure most could hold up the bottle with their doctor's name on it, and boast "legal, legal," but it's still a bondage or addiction. I believe God wants us to be dependent on Him, not a chemical substance. And when we are trying to offer ah eorin addict help, we need to be in the position of having our own weaknesses mastered. Otherwise, we have nothing to offer. Also, God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth... We can't expect power from on high to help anyone when we can't even deal with our own issues.

For years, law enforcement has been the answer, and all that did was given people arrest records that made it hard to get a job, further driving the addiction to despair and potentially back to drugs, not to mention exposing them to an abusive criminal atmosphere of jail. Now, I'm hearing we're going to throw money into education.

They've educated about tobacco for years and look how many young people have picked up that habit. Judging that outcome, I don't have a lot of confidence in education.

I feel we would be much better served if we would all begin to realize that a power greater than ourselves is all we need and throw the "junk" in the trash. Then, we can begin the process of changing the thinking and direction of our children, and the future generations.

Jim Barnhart

Sardis, Ohio

 
 
 

 

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