I do not have an answer I just want to get people’s views. Working in the ‘Supporting People sector’ I have been very sad over the years at the way in which drug’s destroy lives, families, communities, hopes and dreams.
Is this a job for the police to do? In my opinion, this is a job for us all to do. We all have a part to play in this. Are we educating our children at home about the perils of drugs instead of expecting the schools to do it all? What are our views on ‘Law and order?’ Do we have a laid-back attitude towards the laws of our land? Are we prepared to take up our duty as citizens and be a witness to acts of lawlessness or are we expecting someone else to do it? The police for example, can only prosecute with evidence and witness accounts.
Why am I even on the subject you may ask? Well I live in an area of regeneration, an area where there is low unemployment, many one-parent families, council housing and high levels of depression within the area. I so often see young people with nothing to do as there are few community resources for them to access and we, as a Tenants & Residents Association are pushing for this in partnership with the Local council and housing providers. I often ask these youths about their dreams and aspirations and many do not have any. Some of the youths they will openly tell you about the use of cannabis – which I believe still to be a leader drug into class A drugs and cannabis itself is destructive enough within its own rights – others youth talk of trying to make a quick bit of money as they don’t have much going on for themselves. I talk about this subject because I am concerned about the influences upon our younger generation.
I would strongly urge you to get involved within your local communities or if not involved, find out what is out there for the children and teenagers within your communities and hold your elective representatives responsible for the needs of your communities. Do not be fooled either, the drug issue is not just problem for those who live in an area like mine; it destroys lives on all fronts, all classes, all races, all genders, all countries and so on.
Although I have talked about drugs, many other crimes come attached to this issue.
So I finish where I started - What has happened to the war on drugs?
I strongly recommend spending 15 minutes to listen to the lyrics of these three James Brown songs. They are truly deep and meaningful. Put it on facebook, twitter and the like for our children and youth to listen to (if you listen to all three songs you will hopefully also understand the depth of the lyrics). I thank God that James Brown had the inspiration to sing about this issue – RIP James Brown.James Brown link ‘King Heroin’
James Brown link ‘Public Enemy Number one’ Pt 1
James Brown link ‘Public Enemy Number one’ Pt 2
I pray that this may cause us all to look deeply at our youth, our communities and our own lives. Please do leave your comments on this issue, by clicking on the 'comment' text below.
As ever, remember the following:
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)
21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.