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  • Trump opioid declaration underscores ministry need

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's declaration that America's opioid crisis is a public health emergency came amid calls for churches to heighten their response to drug abuse as well.

    The opioid crisis is a "major problem," said Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., and a former drug addict whose testimony has encouraged others to seek freedom in Christ. The opioid epidemic, he noted, is an opportunity "to show people that the thing they're searching for and seeking is not found in a drug. It's found in a man, and His name is Jesus." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: There's a pill for that

    by Judy Bates, posted Monday, January 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    Judy Bates voices concern for senior adults, including many Christians, who are being overmedicated with painkillers, antidepressants and other mind- and behavior-altering drugs. Read More

  • Opioid abuse gets congressional, Christian responses

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Friday, July 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the wake of an opioid abuse prevention measure passed by Congress, Christians are finding new ways to combat the crisis alongside the new bill.

    Gary Robbins, pastor of East Williamson Baptist in West Virginia, described opioid abuse as a widespread problem that needs to be addressed.

    "Just about everywhere I have been it has been a problem. It has hit everywhere," Robbins said. Read More

  • In prison with her daughter, mother cries out to God

    by Kayla Rinker, posted Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (2 years ago)

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Sandy Harrell had been in prison for a few months when a guard told her that her daughter Casey would be there soon.

    And not just for a visit.

    Harrell's youngest child was about to join her at Missouri's Chillicothe Correctional Center.

    The chaotic life of using and selling methamphetamine had caught up with them -- again. Read More

  • Drug threat draws renewed Christian response

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With drug overdose deaths surpassing automobile accident fatalities and firearm-related killings as the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., some Christians are taking a closer look at how they can help combat America's drug problem. Read More