“How did 5 million become addicted? The epidemic began with a worldview.” Marvin Olasky
“One’s worldview has consequences, too, Jack!” Anon
Marvin Olasky, World magazine, August 6, 2016, p. 33
America’s opioid epidemic hit the headlines just before the New Hampshire primary in February, as mournful parents asked presidential candidates what they would do about it. The epidemic quickly fell off the front pages as contenders moved on to debate how long their fingers were and other silly things, but the tragedy is not going away.
How big: About 46,000 Americans died last year from overdoses of drugs, mostly opioids: heroin but also highly addictive, man-made, morphine-like pain relievers such as oxycodone, Percocet, and hydrocodone. Opioids reduce the perception of pain and can bring temporary elation, but a dose too high depresses the respiratory system, leaving blue-lipped users not breathing, and sometimes dying. Continue reading