Prayer #386: For the Increase in Drug Overdoses in the U.S. During the COVID-19 Pandemic
According to figures recently released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 87,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses over the year ending in September 2020, the latest period for which numbers are available. This is the highest number of drug overdoses recorded in a year since the 1990s. The CDC attributes many of these overdoses to opioid addiction, and the fact that during COVID, regular sources of drugs have been less available, and dangerous, street-formulated drugs, some laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl, have become a more predominant percentage of supply. "Dealers are lacing these non-opioid drugs with cheaper, yet potent, opioids to make a larger profit," Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said at a recent conference. "Someone who's addicted to a stimulant drug like cocaine or methamphetamine is not tolerant to opioids," Volkow added, "which means they are going to be at high risk of overdose if they get a stimulant drug that's laced with an opioid-like fentanyl."
Pray today for those across our nation who are addicted to drugs, and maybe in greater danger than ever before of overdosing. Pray that they would cry out to the Lord for deliverance from this dangerous bondage. Pray that this elevated overdose potential, which has been somewhat neglected by health care systems during the great challenges of COVID, would now get greater attention in light of the CDC's findings.
Ps. 62:1-2: "For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved."9