The war on drugs—a spiritual warfare

Powerful drug cartels intimidating individuals and governments. Neighborhoods overrun by dealers competing for the huge amounts of money to be made. Kids and adults losing control over their own lives. A vicious circle of weakness, ignorance, and greed played over and over on many different levels. The scourge cuts across social, economic, and racial lines. The effects are so widespread that everyone is directly or indirectly involved in the "war on drugs," like it or not.

Some fight discouragement. Recently a police officer called drug activity in his community "a tidal wave we can't seem to stop." Even while making heroic efforts to curtail the drug trade, we sense that simply destroying drugs and putting people in jail won't be enough.

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