From the Mississippi State Department of Health: Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic – more than 78 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The rate of overdose deaths involving opioids has doubled since 2000, and southern states, including Mississippi, have the most prescriptions per person for opioid painkillers.
From the Statistics Portal: In 2016, Mississippi had 11 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. (By my calculations, that would be roughly 30 people.)
Isaiah 42:3 AMP
“A broken reed He will not break [off] And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish [He will not harm those who are weak and suffering]; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
Our Father in heaven,
We weep over the lives cut short by this epidemic of drug addictions. You are our only hope.
We stand on Your promise in Holy Scripture that You will faithfully bring forth justice. Accordingly, we declare, Justice! over the drug addiction crisis in Mississippi. Amen.