America's Love Affair with Meth

America’s insatiable hunger for drugs has given birth to a very addictive and destructive substance known as Meth. The U.N. World Drug Report calls meth the most abused hard drug on earth, and the world’s 28 million meth addicts equals the combined number for cocaine and heroin users. America alone has 1.5 million users, and the number is rising. California is the world’s largest meth-producing “nation”. California is by some estimates, producing more meth than the next five biggest producer states in the U.S. combined.

Methamphetamine has the ability to addict a user like no drug before. Compared to other stimulants such as cocaine, which produces feelings of euphoria for a few minutes when ingested, Meth gives a user feelings of euphoria for literally hours. When taken by mouth, snorted, injected or smoked it produces intense pleasure by releasing the brains reward chemical dopamine. This intense pleasure keeps Meth users coming back for more.

Americans are given over to addictions of one kind or another. The Prophet Isaiah condemns the nation that is given over to substance abuse, whether that substance is alcohol, or drugs like Meth, or other addictions such as gambling or video games. Isaiah 5:11 speaks to our people today: What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk. Americans love their drugs…alcohol, cocaine, meth marijuana etc. We are paying a terrible price for our addictions.

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