It is painful to watch someone make poor decisions–it is worse when you know it leads to destruction. Proverbs 7 breaks my heart because I imagine a young man choosing to take drugs for the first time. The lure of the pleasure and excitement is too much to repel and his overconfidence in his ability to control his future actions will ultimately destroy him. Proverbs 7 is a warning against such destruction.
According to the American Society of Addictive Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. In 2016, that number is somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 (depending on definition of cause of death) as reported in a New York Times article dated June 5, 2017 with my beloved Ohio carrying the worse numbers in the country. Our youth are targets and easy prey: Drug overdoses, for Americans under 50, are the leading cause of death. And the numbers are rising.
The Destruction of Our Best and Brightest
From the New York Times article:
“”Heroin is the devil’s drug, man. It is,” Cliff Parker said, sitting on a bench in Grace Park in Akron. Mr. Parker, 24, graduated from high school not too far from here, in nearby Copley, where he was a multisport athlete. In his senior year, he was a varsity wrestler and earned a scholarship to the University of Akron. Like his friends and teammates, he started using prescription painkillers at parties. It was fun, he said. By the time it stopped being fun, it was too late. Pills soon turned to heroin, and his life began slipping away from him.”
Cliff was not a “loser.” Cliff had a promising future. He was one of our best and brightest. I can only imagine the heartache of his family as they helplessly watched the destruction of their son. I pray for Cliff and others like him.
What Can We Do to Combat This Destruction?