But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. - Nehemiah 9:17

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Addiction!

It was a typical Saturday morning. Mark slept in because he worked late. Life had settled down since he finished jail time for drug possession. He liked his second-shift job. He was a single parent with his three-year-old daughter enrolled in the church's preschool ministry. He and his child lived with his parents in their home to help him get on his feet.

Mark had a quick breakfast, greeted his father, said he was still tired, and went back to bed. Hours later his mother checked on him and faced her worst nightmare - Mark died from a heroin overdose. At 29 years of age, his life was over. He left behind a little girl to be raised by her grandparents. The child never sees her mother, and now her father is gone too.

A Troubling Trend
Death by heroin overdose occurs at least 42 times every day in America. That figure has increased fivefold since 2010.

Experts say that overdosing on legal and illegal drugs has reached epidemic proportions. Annually drug overdoses claim 64,000 lives. That means more than 175 people each day.

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