A Drug Overdose Epidemic
There seems to be an epidemic running wild among college age young people. During the 2014-15 school, the campus community at App was rocked by nine student deaths. Suicide and drug overdose claimed all but one life. For the Fall semester of 2015, there have been five young people who have died from drug overdoses in Boone. Some of those were students at the local schools. The term “epidemic” is typically used in the widespread infection of disease over a large area. This has taken place in a small area, the small town of Boone, N.C. I use the term epidemic because this is an infectious disease that is killing the lives of otherwise healthy young people.
I often ask myself, what could I have done to prevent this from happening? Did I do everything possible to reach out to these young people. As a college aged young man, I went down the same path many of these young people who are overdosing traveled down. I can understand and relate to what is going on. I have been in numerous situations, some willingly and some unintentionally, where death should have occurred. Either by the amount of drugs taken at one time or the situation I was in. As I write this, I can go back to direct times and situations that I should not have made it. I too should have died from an overdose. With that said, what rescued me from this infectious disease that is killing young people right here in little ‘ole Boone, N.C. and across our country? The Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Most people would have said there is no hope for him, but the Gospel radically changed me. Someone stopped by my apartment complex one night inviting people to church and telling them about who Jesus was. They asked me the same question I ask so many young people today, “If you died today where would you go?” I had no idea who Jesus was. Long story short, they told me all about who He was and in my living room I called out to Jesus to save me. God transformed my heart and though it took a year to get cleaned up, I did! I came out of the darkness and bondage that lifestyle puts you in.
So what is the point to all this? There are young people all around you that need help. Many don’t even know they need it. If you would do the same as that couple that came by my house, you too could rescue young people from destroying their lives. Look around at your friends, classmates, roommates, and the people all around you on campus. Who is hurting? Who will be the next death on the news? Its hard to tell by just glancing around.
What can you do? Go and talk to these people that are around you on campus. Tell them about Jesus Christ! Share the Gospel with the people around you. Help spread the cure for this terrible epidemic spreading across campuses and the lives of young people. It was one person who took the commission of Jesus Christ seriously to share the Gospel that saved and transformed my life. Think of that!
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new.”