Half of Protestant pastors say a member of their congregation has been personally affected by opioid abuse, according to a survey released Nov. 19 by LifeWay Research.
Many experts — including national health officials, ministers and domestic missionaries, health care chaplains and law enforcement officers — describe the epidemic as among the worst on record.
The focus on limiting medications prescribed for acute pain — such as that experienced after dental or medical procedures — is bleeding over into the way many doctors are treating chronic pain, too.
We were out visiting for the church, Brother Tommy and I, two Baptists prepared to “win the lost for Christ,” on a steamy summer Sunday afternoon in Fort Worth. Brother Tommy was church deacon and I was a high school…