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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

WAVES are taking a stand for others by tackling these 21 global issues. WAVES is all about action. Find an issue that breaks your heart. Download the How to Start sheet.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

According to the 2015 World Drug Report of the United Nations it is estimated that a total of 246 million people—slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide—used an illicit drug in 2013. Roughly 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. In 2013, it was estimated that 187,000 people prematurely lost their lives due to drug-related deaths.

Drug abuse is a way to escape the pain and reality of life for many of our generation. And too often, we turn a blind eye to our peers caught in this lifestyle. Many times, stopping starts when someone shows they care. What can your WAVE do to help those poisoning themselves and missing out on the best life can offer through Jesus?

 

Stories

Jeannie- “I began visiting local jails and talking with people about substance abuse. I share my testimony of what the Lord done for me over 11 years ago.”

Wuo- Preparing young people in Liberia to discuss and tackle substance abuse problem in Liberia by educating each other of the danger of substance abuse. They will be meeting twice a month to discuss strategies in handling this issue.” 

Kare- “I'm currently in college working on my associates degree to become a substance abuse counselor ... I want to tackle this issue by making myself available for those suffering from substance abuse and giving someone to talk to and help in every and any other way I can.”

Emm- "By setting up a group to meet every Thursday night preferably to discus problem and battles to try and help others as best as possible being a recovery addict."