I AM THE DRUG
By Adauto Rezende
I AM THE DRUG
In the beginning, I make you live beyond this present world so full of problems. After a time I am the very thing that you cannot live without. After you have tried me, you’re mine for the rest of your life. You will give me everything I ask. First, you have money in your pocket to possess me. As soon as your desire for me increases you will have to work extra hours to get more of me. The more you have of me the weaker you become. After a time you will have no more strength to work and will do anything to get money to buy me — Stealing or even killing to get me.
I am purposely destroying your life in every area — physically, morally and spiritually. I will be the one to destroy your family, your health, your morals, your dreams, your hope. I will cause you to go to prison, to hospitals — and to hell. I have you trapped.
You are in love with me. There is nothing in the world that can break our love affair. Doctors, methadone, detox, religion — none of these things can stop our relationship.
My only true enemy is Jesus Christ. Whatever I destroy, He restores. He has snatched away so many of my followers, and now I see them living so happily with Him. He has the power to neutralize me.
At Calvary, He opened the only door that can take you from my hands. I came to kill you — He came to give you life. Unfortunately, He’s still calling people like you to come under His healing protection. Are you the next one to leave me?
It is legal cannabis consumption from October 17, 2018
This fall, Canada became the 2nd nation in the world to allow the legal consumption of recreational marijuana. The Cannabis Act, passed by the Canadian Senate on June 21, controls and regulates the growth, distribution and sale of recreational marijuana in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rushes everything to place for consumption on October 17. Canada is the first G-7 country to take this step and the second overall after Uruguay. With voters in many developed countries advocating for decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, this appears to be a trend. The U.S. would become the largest potential market for legal cannabis.
Government of Canada – Official site
Subject to provincial or territorial restrictions, adults who are 18 years of age or older are legally able to:
possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis, dried or equivalent in non-dried form in public
share up to 30 grams of legal cannabis with other adults
buy dried or fresh cannabis and cannabis oil from a provincially-licensed retailer
in provinces and territories without a regulated retail framework, individuals are able to purchase cannabis online from federally-licensed producers
grow, from licensed seed or seedlings, up to 4 cannabis plants per residence for personal use
make cannabis products, such as food and drinks, at home as long as organic solvents are not used to create concentrated products
The costs of addiction on society
The costs of addiction on society are extremely high. Drug addiction costs society billions of dollars in health care expenditures, enforcement of drug laws, lost productivity, etc. Addiction can also result in unpaid debts, missed payments, late fees, and foreclosure of the property. According to research, excessive drinking alone cost the United States approximately $223 billion dollars in health care expenses, law enforcement costs, and lost productivity in 2006. In 2007, similar problems relating to illicit drug use cost the country another $193 billion dollars.
If you’re hooked on heroin, you’ll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That’s nearly $55,000 per year.
Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately, the personal financial burden isn’t the only cash-flow issue left in its wake. Recent research revealed heroin abuse in the US cost our nation more than $51 billion in 2015.
How Heroin Hooks the Economy
Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago decided to look at the financial impact heroin has on our society. They developed a cost-analytic model to determine the repercussions. The variables included:
Number of imprisoned heroin users and their crimes
Treatment costs of heroin abuse
Chronic infectious diseases contracted through heroin use and the cost of their treatments
Cost of treating newborns with medical conditions related to heroin
Lost productivity at work
Heroin overdose deaths
Combining all these factors, researchers discovered the societal cost per heroin user per year is $50,799. There are currently an estimated 1 million active heroin users in the United States. That puts the grand total at $51 billion. If you add in the $55,000 yearly total each user is spending on their habit (money that isn’t going back into the economy in other, healthy ways), that figure more than doubles. The staggering sum comes to more than $100 billion dollars each year our economy is losing to heroin. Ouch.
Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics—or the amount spent on legal drugs such as tobacco and alcohol.
While Americans spend large sums of cash each year on drugs, the costs go beyond just dollars spent. The price of drugs also includes the harmful effects that they have on individual health and society as a whole when faced with funding law enforcement and the court system. All of these costs and more contribute to the financial impact of drugs on Americans.
Here are the 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America.
is by far the most expensive drug in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that tobacco costs Americans roughly $295 billion each year and $130 billion alone in healthcare costs. But as mentioned earlier, there are also many health costs associated.
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco can cause lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and mouth cancer. Think an e-cigarette or vaporizer is better for your health? Think again. Studies are finding that these alternatives can also have serious health implications. Despite its harmful effects, tobacco companies spend nearly $25 million a day on advertising to draw in new and young users.
Alcohol is the second costliest drug in the United States. It is one of the few drugs that are legal and easily available, which is why it’s number 2 on this list.
Binge drinking, or having more than 4 or 5 drinks at one time, significantly increases the risk of health problems, missing workdays due to hangovers, crime, injuries, and automobile accidents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that excessive alcohol consumption costs the U.S. $224 billion every year. Most of this cost is due to people being less productive at work followed by healthcare costs.
3 Pain Killers
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 4.3 million Americans use prescription opiate painkillers, such as Oxycodone, Percocet, and Vicodin, illegally. What’s most disturbing is that these drugs produce effects similar to heroin, putting users on a dangerous path to heroin use.
Each year, health insurance companies spend up to $72.5 billion on prescription opiates (Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, 2007) that actually end up in illegal markets and sold on the streets. Other costs of prescription opiates include accidents, health issues, and crime.
It may surprise you to know that prison and jail sentences related to prescription drug use are comparable to crime related to illicit drug use such as heroin and cocaine.
Cocaine has a reputation as a “rich man’s drug.” At approximately $60 per gram, it is one of the most expensive party drugs, yet 1.5 million Americans are regular users. Each year, Americans spend a shocking $37 billion on cocaine as reported by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but this does not compare to the costs of medical care and hospital visits. In 2011, there were over 500,000 emergency room visits due to cocaine use (SAMHSA, 2013).
Marijuana is legal in some states but the debate of whether it is a medicine or a drug remains controversial. As we know with alcohol, a legal drug does not necessarily mean a safe drug.
Americans spend somewhere between $30 and $60 billion on marijuana each year, but this may be changing as marijuana becomes more readily available and legal. The long-term costs of using marijuana include a higher risk of heart attack, lung disease, anxiety, and depression.
Heroin has a reputation as a “cheap” drug, and a shocking truth is that many prescription drug users switch to heroin to save money. Purchasing a dose of heroin usually costs between $10 and $25. While initially cheap, heroin can be seriously addictive and costs can add up fast. Most heroin addicts spend about $150 every day to fuel their addiction.
Heroin also costs Americans over $22 billion per year in healthcare, law enforcement, and automobile accidents. Unfortunately, the most expensive price is that of a person’s life—heroin poses a serious risk of overdose and the spreading of deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
Meth users spend over $17 billion per year in the United States on the drug alone. Other expenses include—like other drugs—medical costs, law enforcement, and loss of productivity.
Meth is easily obtainable and is one of a few drugs that are made in the United States. It is often produced in secret labs that are filled with toxic chemicals such as battery acid and brake cleaner. Dismantling one meth lab can cost taxpayers anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000.
Another chilling fact that you may not know, is that children living in or near meth labs can suffer lifelong irreversible problems after being exposed to these chemicals.
Benzodiazepines (also known as “benzos”) are a hugely profitable group of prescription drugs often used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium.
In one year, Medicare alone spent $377 million on prescriptions for benzodiazepines. These drugs create effects similar to alcohol and—like alcohol—they pose serious health risks and can increase the risk of car crashes when driving under the influence. Benzos can also be fatal when used in large amounts, mixed with other drugs, or when a person goes into withdrawal.
Drugs Synthetic drugs are a new group of man-made drugs that includes spice, K2, and bath salts. Scarily enough, these drugs can be easily purchased at gas stations and convenience stores. Their labels often say “not for human consumption,” which allows them to get around the Food and Drug Administration’s regulations.
Despite being legal and cheap, the health risks of synthetic drugs are shocking; paranoia, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, violence, and overdose, just to name a few.
The number of emergency room hospitalizations for synthetic drugs varies from several hundred to over 1,000 every month. While the exact costs of synthetic drugs are not known since they are relatively new, they clearly pose a significant risk to people’s health.
"They offer superficial treatments for my people's mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. We hoped for peace, but no peace came. We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.' “Jeremiah 8:11,15
Jesus provides permanent healing for you!
“Jesus said: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”... “Great crowds came to Jesus, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.”
Mathew 11: 28; 15: 30