Law Enforcement Interagency planning is based on all kinds of Criminal Intelligence gathering, as one can imagine. In this case the context is Heroin. I wrote the following in my notes:
“We are on the cusp of a wave of heroin abuse problems — the magnitude of which we’ve never faced before.”
We were left with the sense that the administration is in an unusual ramp-up mode. It seemed that there was a tone generally, of worry. Perhaps some of this is owing to legacy attitudes toward the impending decriminalization of certain “Gateway Drugs” — but whatever — the concern was palpable.
This was followed by a discussion of the evidence for this forecast including: The changing face of criminal activities across Oregon. Trends that are toward more open violence, during-daylight armed robbery, break-in’s, etc. Heroin anchors this wave. And Oregon (Portland) is a center of the problem, nationally – with leading treatments. See this article (4/29 Bizjournals.com)
It seems reasonable to link these emerging problems back to an unfettered supply chain — places like Pakistan have returned to producing heroin. With increasing drug volume comes lower cost and higher quality… echoes of a previous generation, it seems.
For those who would promote the application of Biblical truth to helping alcoholics and addicts, this might be an opportunity for churches to re-evaluate their posture in this context.
Perhaps you can imagine what it would be like to support Christian values in “recovery meetings” such as Celebrate Recovery, other Christian 12-step programming or basic AA / AlAnon?
Any CR or CRI volunteer would enjoy a chance to discuss Celebrate Recovery — and how we’ve found it to be an excellent collection of “Applicational” studies based on the Beatitudes. How can we help you begin a meeting in your community?