This website is on illegeal drugs (not the over the counter stuff), which has been a big problem everywhere I've lived. Yes, even in small town Morris- Minnesota! Especially lately as the big talk around town lately was a drug bust in the Coburns parking lot-the town hangout for teens! A 50 something old-guy from out of town was caught dealing drugs, which undercover cops caught him. I just attended a weekly prayer with the teen I mentor at his high school and one of the teenagers around told me 8 squad cars (exaggerrated?) and a undercover truck were at the scene (sometime in the last week of March 2004)!
This is somewhat an answer to prayer for this guy getting caught, so this won't happen again. However, it makes one think how many do not get caught! Yes, we can try to get as many advance technology to find these drug dealers. However, the main source are the drug users.
Why do people use drugs in the first place?
From my personal perspective growing-up, I first noticed the drug problem in junior high in St. Paul. They would go the "bridge" (a hangout in an actual bridge over a creek in a forestry/woody area across the street from our school) to avoid adults. The people I knew that did drugs came from severe broken homes (e.g. divorced parents, no parental guidance, drug/alcohol families, etc...). A lot of them smoke, which many started because of the stresses in their life-my personal explanation of why people do it!
Another reason is peer-pressure along with curiosity, which many youth feel a need of belonging! I remember some peers were hanging out and one of them asked me if I wanted a cigaratte; knowing the harmful facts-I said "no". Then one time I was working at Taco Bell, and a co-worker of mine asked me if wanted to have some "marijuana". Of course, I said "no" too.
Addiction on one "substance" become an addiction of another one. It seem like when one gets hooked on smoking, they become prone to alcohol, and then drugs or any other way around! I hear that in order for one to get over an addiction, they need to replace it with something "positive" because their body is totally dependent on the "physical". I'm no health expert, but former drug addicts need to replace thier addiction with something else="positive"!
Why do people deal drugs?
We live in a greedy world and of desperation for "fast money". Some are stress out because of their financial problems, so they look desperately for a way out of it!
My Personal "Passive" Encounter Experience
Unfortunately, our particular Taco Bell store was known as a drug haven, which many of my co-workers would deal drugs (users too!) through the drive-thru window! I remember one time a co-worker of mine would weigh some cocaine that was used to measure the ingredients on particular food items. It was crazy at the time, which never really hit me until I went to Morris. I was surrounded by all this "stuff" so much that it became a normal fact of life. Lastly, a sift-manager came to work one Saturday morning and told me how he got high on acid last night. Of course he wasn't feeling good, which he didn't feel like working that day. He told me a story of a guy he knew who was so high on acid that the cops couldn't get him down. Despite the small size of this acid user, he was strong as Hercules-the effects of it!
College Epdidemic Too!
While I was attending UMM (95'-99'), I was too busy in my academics and spiritual search of Jesus! However, I would encounter the illegal drug problem now and then. For example, I just found out recently a guy I knew dealt drugs privately, who now lives out of the state! Don't ever think college is an escape from the real world, the "real world stuff" happens in close doors or we sometimes choose to not want to see it! Trust me, I was an RA (97'-98'), which God opened me eyes to many issues/problems that I never knew existed here! As Christians, we can sometimes get too caught up from "reality" that we forget or don't know what's really going on. It's good to some extent as we are separated from the "darkness" of worldly "things". However, God wants to use us to be His light to the people around us that wants to escape their "dark" life! It's a spiritual warfare out there, which one needs to be equipped!
"The Harvard survey also revealed a clear relationship between drinking and other substance use: abstainers were the least likely to have used other drugs during the past year, while binge drinkers were the most likely to have used other drugs. Marijuana, for example, was the most commonly used illicit drug....more from The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
I'm currently living in my 5th year since graduation at UMM in this small rural city/town. I've notice that living here to avoid city life is not possible. They have a drug problem here too as anywhere else-maybe less as severely! However, from my personal experiences so far, I can share many drug stories from Morris like I did earlier above from just working at Taco Bell in St. Paul alone. Since this is too a small town, I would have to keep these stories confidential for now! However, please feel free to ask me, but the main point is-the Good News!
Local On-Going Testimony
I had the opportunity to sit-down (morning of Friday, February 4th of 2005 at Don's Cafe) with a friend, who has been off of drugs for sometime. Yes, he still struggles, but with the help, accountability, and support of Christian friends-he can do it with God's help! His name is Clint, who grew-up in Lakeland, Florida. It was a community close to the beautiful popular tourist coastal areas of eastern Florida. Behind this "tourist image" community there is "hidden" underground life of the "drug-torn" war zones. He grew-up in a home where his dad wasn't really around, like for most "lost" kids. His parents got divorce when he was 8, and lived with his biological mom and step-dad. At age 12, he was introduced to the "devil"-Jeff, an older man that would be a bad influence growing-up as a teenager.
Clint told me the story how he first met him: Jeff challenged Clint to "knock-him" down with a stick, which he did and this won his respect. Since this time, Jeff and Clint would be working together on "illegal" stuff. Clint did drugs for the first time at age 13. Then at age 14, he ran away from home after his mom found out some "stashes" (drugs) in the house. Clint shared his story as the "racial-minority" in the Duncan Opportunity Center (alternative school), where majority of the youth were "non-white". He ended up getting beat-up and ended up getting in trouble for this. He would later get into serious trouble that his biological dad came all the way down from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota to attend his court case. The dad agreed to the judges' conditions that the charges will be dropped and be on parole-monitered..if he takes his son to Minnesota with him away from this drug environment. Well, Clint did "ok" when he came up to Minnesota, but wasn't helped by his dad and step-mom as they did drugs too. Despite Clint entering a drug treatment center at age 15, he went back to his "old ways".
His wife Steph started to refocus on God after coming home where she first started. Clint later came along through the help of others at the local church Steph went to. He met with the associate pastor-Neil, who ended-up sharing his personal story at Common Cup that connected with Clint. Before this meeting, they were supposed to just share about snowblowing, but they ended up talking more. Clint has grown to be a typical Minnesota outdoorsmen-ice fishing, bow hunting, and just loves working with his hands!
A year later-It's Sunday, February 4th of 2006! There is so much awesome praise reports where God has brought Clint since last year. I see him at church on Sundays-now with 2 kids (the recent was around Christmas last year)! He has personally been a blessing to me in many ways: help get my lock keys in my car (after a Sunday service last summer), helped a friend (UMM Int'l student from Japan) of mine move her furniture, pulled my old Chevy Blazer with a tow rope when it broke down, etc... Currently, he is helping minister to folks through our local church's ministry-Most Excellent Way-Praise God!
...to be continued
Baseball Players are "Human" too!
I was captivated this past Sunday on a special (Twin Cities local "sports" news after the 10 o'clock show) feature on Minnesota Twins, Tori Hunter. He "openly" shared about his dad, who is a "crack" addict. I then decided to look for resources out there that may be helpful to Tori...
Drug Free America: If You are a Child Concerned about a Parent
New Hope Recovery, treatment center in Chicago
Find a Chicago Drug Rehab Center
Minneapolis father arrested in baby's death
It is the second case this year of a parent or stepparent being charged with murder of a child in Morris, Minn.
Chao Xiong, Star Tribune
Last update: September 22, 2006 – 12:03 AM
"A 24-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested in north Minneapolis Thursday, one day after being charged in the death of his 5-month-old son from Morris, Minn. It is the second such case out of Morris this summer, Police Chief Jim Beauregard said. "It goes to the heart of the community," he said of the cases -- the western Minnesota city's first homicides in 50 years. "It just uproots the community and its sense of well-being." Jurez L. Slaughter gave authorities different accounts of how his son, Paul M. Cohen, suffered traumatic brain injury -- including hemorrhages and a skull fracture -- on June 2 in the boy's home, according to a second-degree murder charge filed Wednesday in Stevens County District Court. Slaughter and the baby's mother, Marnie M. Cohen, took Paul to the Stevens Community Medical Center emergency room June 2. He had no heartbeat and was not breathing, according to court documents. He was revived and airlifted to Children's Hospital of Minneapolis, where he was removed from life support June 9, the documents said. According to the complaint: Slaughter first said he was in the bathroom when the baby turned over on a pillow; he said he found the boy lying face down with formula coming out of his mouth. Slaughter then said he was carrying the baby when he tripped over sneakers and dropped him, causing the baby to hit a footstool. Doctors told investigators that Paul's injuries could not have been caused by either scenario, the complaint said. When confronted with that information, Slaughter said, "I don't know what happened to my son, man," the documents said. The baby's mother was asleep in the next room, the documents said; her 3-year-old daughter from a previous relationship was also at home at the time. A funeral notice said Paul died in his mother's and big sister's arms. "Paul was a very sweet baby boy," the notice read. "His big brown eyes and curly hair made him special. He loved to watch TV, go on walks with special friends. ... In his short five months with us, Paul touched many lives and will hold a special place in everyone's hearts." Beauregard said Slaughter was not arrested until Thursday because authorities wanted to conduct a thorough investigation. The Minnesota Fugitive Task Force arrested him at 7:20 a.m. without incident in the 3600 block of Penn Avenue N., where he lived. The case is especially troubling because a second boy was also killed in Morris, Beauregard said. David Rutherford, 2, died Sept. 7 after he was allegedly hit in the chest by his stepfather. Juan Carlos Herrera-Serrano, 25, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for hitting David so hard that his liver was almost torn in half. He also had cuts to his right lung. The boys' deaths are among at least a half-dozen deaths of children this year in Minnesota that have resulted in murder or manslaughter charges. Chao Xiong • 612-673-4391 • firstname.lastname@example.org
This drug has been an increasing problem in the Morris Area and elsewhere, so I decided to do a profile on this:
You can find out more about David and his ministry at www.facingthedragon.org
I attended a community meeting recently (April of 2005) on the awareness of meth. They showed this very distubing graphic, but effective educational 20 minute video on this drug. Then they brought up a panel of 6-8 adults (young and old) to share their stories of their usage of this drug.
""Drugs Or Jesus" (lyrics)
In my home town For anyone who sticks around You're either lost or you're found There's not much in between In my home town Everything's still black and white It's a long, long way from wrong to right From Sunday morning to Saturday night
Everybody just wants to get high Sit and watch a perfect world go by We're all looking for love and meaning in our lives We follow the roads that lead us To drugs or Jesus
My whole life I've tried to run, I've tried to hide From the stained glass windows in my mind Refusing to let God's light shine Down on me Down on me
Everybody just wants to get high Sit and watch a perfect world go by We're all looking for love and meaning in our lives There's not much space between us Drugs or Jesus
Everybody wants acceptance We all just want some proof Everyone's just looking for the truth
Everybody just wants to get high Sit and watch a perfect world go by We're all looking for love and meaning in our lives We follow the roads that lead us To drugs or Jesus"
I heard this cool song for the first time when my housemate (Shalon) and I were watching CMT this afternoon (Wednesday, September 21st of 2005). I thought the video had an awesome message that folks in Morris can relate too!
Korn - Head2Christ - The FULL video
"Korn Guitar Player turns to Christ from Fame and Drugs"
*evidence of a universal/global problem
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