In the News: The Drug Dealer in the Medicine Chest

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Illegal narcotics are not the only drug problem for young people. Teenage abuse of prescription drugs has become a serious problem that is often missed by parents. One in five U.S. teens has tried painkillers like Vicodin or OxyContin to get high—a total of nearly 4.5 million teens. Using the family medicine cabinet as a drug dealer is more common for teens than buying on the street ("Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs Goes Unchecked, Study Indicates," Associated Press, May 16). Besides the obvious problems of poisoning your body with chemical substances, getting high on illegal or prescribed drugs is similar to the sin of drunkenness from alcohol in which a person loses full control of his or her mind. But drugs—whether illegal or prescription—can be much more powerful, dangerous and deadly. God tells us to guard our minds ("heart" in Proverbs 4:23 Proverbs 4:23Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
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) and to take care of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19 1 Corinthians 6:19What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?
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). He describes the dangers of abuse and addiction (Proverbs 23:29-35 Proverbs 23:29-35 [29] Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? who has wounds without cause? who has redness of eyes? [30] They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. [31] Look not you on the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright. [32] At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. [33] Your eyes shall behold strange women, and your heart shall utter perverse things. [34] Yes, you shall be as he that lies down in the middle of the sea, or as he that lies on the top of a mast. [35] They have stricken me, shall you say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
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) and warns that no drunkard will be in God's Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:10 1 Corinthians 6:10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
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