The demon that is drugs

2016-03-22 06:00

I GREW up in a small township where we played in the street and where hide and seek was the best thing that ever happened to us.
We never had imaginary friends, the only friends we had were neighbours and rag dolls with broken legs and arms. It was sweet, it was fun, it was beautiful.
I remember special days like Christmas where we used to dress up for the big day - it was the only day we could put on our new clothes.
It was special because our parents bought us clothes six months before Christmas. We grew up without birthday gifts, but if your parents bought you a cake for your birthday your friends would treat you like a princess in a castle.
It saddens me to see how time changes everything - many of the same innocent and carefree friends we had then are now in jail because of the deadly drug, whoonga. Most people know about the drug and most of you have read about it, but it is more painful when you see a friend drowning in it.
Many of my “ex-buddies” are using it - some say it’s hard to get out of it. They say once you take that pull there’s no turning back. It’s heart-breaking to see a child who had a bright future being consumed by the drug.
They steal, lie, torture and go as far as killing just to get their next fix. Families have been torn apart by it. It has the power of turning a person into a monster. It has the power to control society. Children no longer play in the street because they are too scared they might get raped. It has the power to control a mind of human by telling him or her to kill their own blood.
Sometimes I think the drug was made by demons because once they get the cravings society is in big s**t. You hear cries from people being mugged by “prisoners” of whoonga. I salute those who are able to fight the demon because I know it is not an easy battle.
We live in a society where we say we are “free”, but I find that hard to believe because some people are trapped in the darkness of whoonga and crime where their mind plots ways to get their next fix.
How did it come to this? Is it lack of education? Is it poverty? Are we as a society being punished? Is the government turning a blind eye to crucial issues? Is it a lack of family values? Will it ever end, and what about the next generation or will there ever be one?
These are the questions that run through my head as I sit and think about the deadly drug. It is killing society slowly, but surely.
All I can say is we need the power of the Almighty to descend and fix this before it’s too late.
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