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Israelis Coping With Addiction

The latest national public health survey in Israel conducted among adults aged 18–65 reported that 27% of the population used cannabis and 2% other illegal drugs in the past year, with 0.25% reporting heroin use during this period. The Ministry of Labor and Welfare, this week, published the statistics on numbers of Israelis treated for addiction in recent months. The data show that 15,067 people were treated in the treatment centers and communities (11,850 men and 3,217 women). Numbers increased slightly over those from previous years. The most common addictions were to alcohol, cannabis, opiates such as heroin and morphine, cocaine and cheap stimulants. In Israel, the attitude of the establishment and the general public has softened somewhat in recent years regarding the approach to drug use, especially the use of cannabis. On the legal level, the war on drugs policy continues.  In reality, however, criminal indictments and penalties have been focused on drug dealers and less on users. In April 2019, Israel officially decriminalized the adult use of cannabis. (VFI News)

Pray for Israelis to increasingly discover the balm to emotional pain and distress that comes with a relationship to the God of Israel. He promises peace and strength and comfort to His people. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Ps. 91:1-2, 4