POLITICS AND DRUGS IN NORTH AMERICA
By Adauto Rezende
It is estimated that 255 million people used illicit drugs, such as cannabis, amphetamines, opioids, and cocaine, in 2015 which translates into an annual prevalence of illicit drug use of 5.3%. Cannabis is most used with 183 million users. It is estimated that there are 12 million people who inject drugs. The opioid epidemic ravaging the United States is taking a grim and growing toll. The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. That's a 21 percent increase over the year before. Approximately three-fourths of all drug overdose deaths are now caused by opioids — a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin and potent synthetic versions like fentanyl.
A new report from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), an independent research organization that focuses on "critical issues in policing," puts those numbers into context.
According to the report, more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of American lives lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War, which totalled 58,200. Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by the drug industry and Congress The group says it is focusing its efforts on the opioid epidemic because "despite the groundbreaking work that police and other agencies are doing, the epidemic is continuing to worsen."
The report also showed that the year's 64,070 drug fatalities outnumbered:
• The 35,092 motor vehicle deaths in 2015.
• AIDS-related deaths in the worst year of the AIDS crisis, when 50,628 people died in 1995.
• The peak year for homicides in the U.S., when 24,703 people were murdered in 1991.
• Suicides, which have been rising in the U.S. for nearly 30 years and totalled 44,193 in 2015.
The data also shows that overdoses of synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl — which is 50 to 100 times stronger than the painkiller morphine — are driving the sharp increases in opioid overdose deaths.
The years of Hollywood advertisement of alcohol and tobacco caused great devastation of human lives from 1940 up to our days.
You watch movies from the 40th on, and inevitably you will see Hollywood stars and pop singers with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey on the other. They were the ones used as puppets to propagate the poisons in the world and many became victims of their own foolishness
STATISTICS OF ICONS OVERDOSE
Since the beginning of the last century, thousands of celebrities had lost their lives for drugs:
1. Michael Jackson
Year of death: 2009
Cause of death: acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
2. Whitney Houston
On Feb. 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles and never woke up. Two months later, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled that she had drowned, but it's been well established that the 48-year-old singer ingested a cocktail of cocaine and prescription drugs before taking her final breath. Most notably, the toxicology report revealed that a "plethora of prescription medication bottles" had been littered across her hotel room -- 12 in total, prescribed by five different doctors. Among the drugs discovered were the anti-anxiety medication Xanax and the muscle relaxant Flexeril. Houston is hardly the first celebrity to have battled a deadly prescription drug addiction. In the past decade, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson were just four of the most famous stars to overdose on legal medication.
Year of death: 2012
Cause of death: Cocaine, heart disease, drowning
3. Heath Ledger
Year of death: 2008
Cause of death: Acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine. The drug used by Prince linked to surge in fatal overdoses.
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Year of death: 2014
Cause of death: Acute intoxication by heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and benzodiazepines
5. Amy Winehouse
Year of death: 2011
Cause of death: Alcohol poisoning
6. Anna Nicole Smith
Year of death: 2007
Cause of death: Acute combined drug intoxication from Methadone, chloral hydrate and three different drugs used to treat depression and anxiety
7. Chris Farley
Year of death: 1997
Cause of death: Cocaine and morphine overdose
8. River Phoenix
Year of death: 1993
Cause of death: Cocaine and heroin overdose
9. John Belushi
Year of death: 1982
Cause of death: Cocaine and heroin overdose
10. Janis Joplin
Year of death: 1970
Cause of death: Heroin overdose
11. Jimi Hendrix
Year of death: 1970
Cause of death: Barbiturate intoxication
12. Cory Monteith
Year of death: 2013
Cause of death: Mixed drug toxicity, including heroin and alcohol
13. Scott Weiland
Year of death: 2015
Cause of death: A toxic mix of drugs including cocaine, ethanol and the amphetamine MDA
14. Elvis Presley
Year of death: 1977
Cause of death: Heart arrhythmia, possibly aggravated by multiple prescriptions (methaqualone, codeine, barbiturates, cocaine), speculated
THE BLINDNESS OF POLITICAL LEADERS
Recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018, the prime minister announced on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Trudeau confirmed the long-awaited start date during Question Period in Ottawa, ending months of speculation surrounding when, precisely, Canadians will be able to purchase and consume the drug legally.
The Liberals had initially aimed for July 1, Canada Day, but procedural issues and delays prevented them from reaching that target.
THE G7 AND OTHER WEALTHY NATIONS
Why did Justin Trudeau and dozens of political leaders make it legal?
WEALTHY COUNTRIES AND THE CURSE OF DRUGS
What take citizens of the richest nations of the world to take this road of destruction?
GOD OUT OF A NATION; IS A CALLING FOR DESTRUCTION
The anti-God agenda in the elementary schools, colleges and universities.
CURSED IS A SOCIETY WHEN THEY REMOVE GOD FROM THEIR DAILY LIVES
Psalm 33: 12 ”Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
A VERY POWERFULL TRUTH WRITTEN 2600 YEARS
AGO FOR OUR CURRENT SOCIETY
Ezekiel 16: 49 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy."
Let’s cut the Ezekiel verses into sections:
a) SIN - Definition
e) Lack of Compassion
SIN DEFINITION: “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom”
What is sin? I John 3: 4
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.” KJV
“Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” ASV
“Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness [ignoring God’s law by action or neglect or by tolerating wrongdoing—being unrestrained by His commands and His will] AMP
The government of Canada had approved a law
that in the eyes of God is lawlessness
Romans 1: 32 “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
1. “She and her daughters were arrogant,”
Pride – Just watch an Oscar night, a sports star given interviews, some political leaders and you can smell the arrogance out of their mouth.
• Luke 6: 45 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
The abundance of food – The soundness of a vessel is not seen when it is empty, but when it is filled with water, then we shall see whether it will leak or not. ( Manton.) “It is in our prosperity that we are tested. Men are not fully discovered to themselves till they are tried by the fullness of success. Praise finds out the leak of pride, wealth reveals the flaw of selfishness, and learning discovers the leak of unbelief. David's besetting sin was little seen in the tracks of the wild goats, but it became conspicuous upon the terraces of his palace. Success is the crucible of character. Hence the prosperity which some welcome as an unmixed favour may far more rightly be regarded as an intense form of test illustrations and meditations.” ( C. H. Spurgeon.) Look of the weight green ben food scraps – The overweight pandemic in North America. The “all you can eat society.”
3. Unconcerned; Abundance of idleness
An idle brain is the Devi’s workshop. Young people under the welfare social work Lack of purpose
4. Lack of compassion: “They did not help the poor and needy.”
• Self-centered society
• All about me
• All about my needs
• Unfortunately this evil is inside many Christian churches in our days
• Blind by pride, prosperity and laziness
Money, fame and power will never fill the heart of men.
Drugs will never heal your soul. It is like placing a bandaid on a cancer
If you ask a drug addict why he/she uses drugs they will answer:
• It gives me a good feeling
• It gives me peace
• It gives me joy
• It gives me pleasure
Unfortunately, they do not see the price it will cost for a few moments of fabricated pleasure.
The Bible does have something to say about drugs. You should look up the word "sorcerers" and "sorceries" in the Scriptures.
It is found four times in the New Testament, and it is all in the book of Revelation. The last book of the Bible deals with eschatological times. It is amazing that all four times that drugs are mentioned in the New Testament are in the book dealing with future events, especially the end times, the Rapture and the Tribulation.
The word "sorcerer" appears from two different Greek words. One is found in Acts 8:11 and Acts 13:6,8 which are from the word "mageia" (mag-i'-ah, mag'-os and mag-yoo'-o) all related to the practice of magic. In fact, Gk. mag-os is an Oriental scientist, by implication, a magician. However, the four references in the book of Revelation are from different words. Notice these verses:
Revelation 9:21 says, "Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."
Revelation 18:23 says, "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived."
Both times in those verses, the Greek word is "pharmakeia", meaning medication, pharmacy. Then in Revelation 21:8 and 22:15, the Greek words "pharmakon" (a spell-giving drug or potion) are referred to. There is no doubt in my mind that the drug trade of our day is referred to here and is connected with Satanism which is widespread in these last days.
Revelation 21:8 says, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death."
Obviously, drugs will play an important role in man's attitude and in his response to God in the last days. There is a direct link between drugs and Satanism. No one can take mind-altering drugs without having a demonic influence on their lives. The drug trade has emerged and exploded in these last days, just as God said it would be 2000 years ago. You should go back to Revelation 9 and read verses 13-21 again.
Friend, if you are not ready to meet God, I urge you to repent and believe while you can. If you are bound by drugs, you can be free through Christ. "If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:36.
YOU HAVE A SPACE IN YOUR HEART THAT JUST GOD CAN FILL IT.
Drugs place a heavy burden on you, however, Jesus said:
“Come to me (NOT TO DRUGS), all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mathew 11: 28-29
Drugs give you a temporary sense of peace, however, Jesus said:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
Drugs give you temporary sense spiritual refreshment and then, oppression comes back, however, Jesus said:
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Drugs can kill you, however, Jesus said:
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” John 11:25
You must choose which voice you will hear
Which law you will follow (The Lord or the world)
Which way you will go (The wide or the narrow)
Which person you will follow (Jesus or Satan)
Do not be deceived by the world’s leaders lies that legalized drugs.
This is satanic and destructive!
Repent of your pride, of your rebellion, and surrender your life to Jesus.
• John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
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?
To God all the glory!
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