Legal and illegal drugs...

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(Tim, w/thanks to Yoseph) Psychotropic drugs have a place, I'm sure, but this short article (very unfortunately, where Arianna and her buddies huff and puff against God) demonstrates there are druggies on both sides of the legality fence. Whether the addict is getting his drugs from dealers, pain clinics, or psychiatrists, the cost to society and the drug-addled zombies and their families is terrible. Of course, like most sins of our culture, this one too is an epidemic among confessing Christians.

One in every forty-five adults of working age is getting money from taxpayers for a mental illness disability. And the number of children receiving federal payments for mental illness jumped from 16,200 in 1987 to 561,569 in 2007.

But maybe this explosion of legal drug use allows men to function as more productive members of society?

Apparently not...

University of Illinois psychologist Martin Harrow summarized his research to the 2008 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association:

I conclude that patients with schizophrenia

not on antipsychotic medication for a long period of time have

significantly better global functioning than those on antipsychotics.

Pastors are in a key position to address this epidemic within our flocks. We must cast the Biblical vision for the place of suffering in the sanctification of the godly. Again, this is not to say psychotropics are off-limits for Christians. But direct questions and loving exhortations should be heard regularly in our pastoral care.