Drug-overdose deaths set a record in 2017 with more than 70,000 Americans losing their lives to addiction.
How should people of faith respond to this epidemic?
Thoughts and prayers? Hardly.
Jessie Harvey is the founder of Church of the Safe Injection. It is a coalition of harm-reduction advocates working to distribute thousands of syringes as well as hundreds of doses of naloxone in cities across the country. They create a safe space handing out clean drug-using supplies in areas known for their drug use.
Our society has a ‘get sober or die’ response to addiction with no middle ground on the road towards help and healing. The church in America is no different. Praying the addiction away isn’t the answer. Through the Church of the Safe Injection, Jessie is seeking to create a path towards sobriety and harm reduction. This is the first step.
Join us as we talk about this epidemic and how Church of the Safe Injection is creating a difference within a system that doesn’t want them to exist.