Methamphetamine inflicts a devastating toll on our Community. The Statistics are alarming; more than 12 million American have tried methamphetamine, and 1.5 million are regular users, according to federal estimates. Meth-making operations have been uncovered in all 50 states. Cops nationwide rank meth the No. 1 drug they battle today: in a survey of 500 law-enforcement agencies, 58 percent said meth is their biggest drug problem. Nationwide 47 percent of all female and 39 percent of all male arrests are for meth use. Meth truly has become like an elephant in our living room.
In South Dakota, Methamphetamine use is of epidemic proportion. Of the 350 plus females in prison in Pierre over 50 percent are there for meth use. Because of meth use the Department of Corrections budget has escalated to 100 million dollars annually. Minnehaha County (Ed: includes most of Sioux Falls and a number of other cities) and the surrounding area have experienced a 400 percent increase in the last year, destroying many individual and family lives. In 2005, 16 meth labs were discovered in our state. In the last 30 days 5 meth labs have been found in just Minnehaha County.
Friends, this is the kind of stuff that churches often avoid, but this is right where our enemy, the devil, is oppressing people that Christ longs to save. What can we do?
- Pray - ask Jesus to deliver and heal those who are addicted, and pray that God will break the devil's terrible meth-weapon (Psalm 46:9).
- Give - if you are one of the many Anglicans leery of putting your money into The Episcopal Church, find ministries like Glory House and fund their work.
- Work - sponsor information nights in your community. State and local officials, law enforcement, medical, education and substance abuse professionals are all potential resources to speak to your community.