Preston Drug

Slip Sliding Along

Perhaps the following story of my fishing experience in 2015 will illustrate how at times we all slip slide along in this life.

Back in the spring of 2015 I went to the Narrows to fish. I went to my favorite spots near the spillway of the dam. I should have retraced my steps back along the path and walked safely and easily down the trail, across the bridge and to the truck. Instead I saw a path that lead south and took it thinking that eventually it surely would lead back to the trail. It did not. I spent one hour slip sliding along the steep slope that had enough shale to not allow a firm footing to boost myself up the mountain. I slid into the river, waded downstream for about 50 yards telling myself that eventually I would find a path up. Finally I came to an area with enough tree branches. By this time I was all wet and had lost half of my fishing pole I worked my way up the trees until I had about 10 yards to go but there was no tree branch. I carefully angled my way up this last steep slop. I had been saying a prayer for many minutes and was waiting to catch my breath and plan my next steps when 2 young men walked along the path above, saw me, asked if I needed some help, then reached down and help me up with one staying on the path and the other going down holding tight to the one on the path and grabbing me with his other hand. They got me up on the path. I had lost the other part of my fishing pole which I have not desire to go back and get. Would I have made it the last way up the hill alone or would i have slip slide down the hill again? I don’t know. My pride was swallowed but I am here to tell about it. I never intended to get in such a mess but I did but through tender mercies I can learn from it.

Craig Haslam, RPh

With our Health - Be Wise

All people have many ages as characterized by these words: Spills, Drills, Thrills, Frills, Ills, Pills, Wills. We know of advances in the health of people brought about by the work of Pasteur, Jenner, Fleming, Salk, and Sabin in helping to control rabies, anthrax, small pox, infections, polio, etc. As a result of advances brought about, diseases that once killed millions of people can now be prevented or treated. Every day, healthcare workers have meaningful strategies to deal with infections, allergies, blood pressure, asthma, cancer, diabetes, strokes, seizures, depression, pain, anxiety, heart attack, and on and on.

We can do much to keep ourselves healthy as we get adequate rest and exercise, eat healthy, balanced diets, limit the stress in our lives, and uses common sense in what and how we do. There are however, many that espouse the idea of eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. Simply put, they don’t care.

The occurrence of pharmacy robbery, meth production, doctor shopping, pharmacy shopping, illegal drug smuggling, mixing drugs with alcohol, home thefts of medication, phony prescription calls to pharmacy, stolen prescription blanks are everyday occurrences. All pharmacists have heard these excuses: My medication was left at the hotel, at my parent’s house, dropped down the bathroom sink, lost, stolen by visitors to my house, stolen during a break in, left in the purse and the purse was lost or stolen, even left in the purse in the care and the car was stolen!

Addiction to drugs can start out so innocently. It may be a dare from a friend, medicine to treat pain as a result of an accident or illness what was not your fault, a wondering of how it would feel, peer pressure, depression, a defiant “I’ll show them”. Sometimes it is a result of evil and conspiring people that have no concern other than to make another their “ticket” to success.

No parent with an errant child can help asking themselves what they might have done to cause the problem and how they might have prevented it. Such parents might have deep guilt about the problems. Some blame their spouse or the child’s peer group. Others deal with the problem by denying that it exists. Feeling angry is also a common reaction, especially among parents who believe they have done all that they could do to instill values.
These emotions are natural, and those who honestly acknowledge their feelings are more likely to reach a resolution. The fact is that all parents are human and they all make mistakes. Whether those mistakes led a child to drugs can seldom be determined. For most parents, dwelling on the past beyond the point of honest self-examination is useless.

Neal A. Maxwell put it this way, “My greatest admiration is for those who are struggling to get on the ark, not for those who merely are standing on the sidelines forecasting the weather.” Boyd K. Packer, speaking on the analogy of watering holes in Africa, said, “There is hardly a ‘watering hole’ in all of humanity that is not infested with ‘crocodiles’.”

Most of us are smart enough to know that, that which would poison a “Franklin-ite” would also poison a “Preston-ite”, for there truly are old mushrooms hunters and bold mushroom hunters, but there are NO old, bold mushroom hunters. However, this warning found in Matthew 10: 28 is not appreciated as much as it ought to be. Jesus Christ said, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather him which is able to destroy both the soul and the body in hell.”
In 1989, President Reagan described the drug problem as the gravest domestic threat facing our nation. He launched a battle against illicit drugs with some $8 billion dollars to be spent on strengthening police forces, building more prisons and implementing other measures. Notwithstanding this, “those responding to a poll were deeply skeptical and only 1/3 thought that it would help “a great deal or quite a bit” to correct the drug problem.

A woman respondent said, “No amount of money is going to stop it. It has to be a change within the hearts and minds of the people. People have to think: “I have just one body and I’m going to need it all my life (Wall Street Journal, 22 Sept 1989, pp. 1-2).

Gordon B. Hinckley used this backdrop to give this warning: “I am inclined to agree with this woman. Stiffer enforcement measures may be necessary. But I believe that, only when far greater numbers of people conclude within their own mind that the fruits of drug-taking are only sorrow and trouble, remorse and even death, then will things change to any significant degree….Many of you young men to whom I am speaking are high school students. We may not be able to change the nation or the world. But we can change the problem in our own lives as individuals and, in that process, move others in the same direction…There is no mention of the hazards of diving into an empty swimming pool or of jumping from an overpass onto the freeway, but who doubts the deadly consequences of such? Common sense would dictate again such behavior. If there be a young man listening tonight, who is tampering with these things, let him resolve forthwith and with the strongest determination of which he is capable, that he will never touch them again…I know it is difficult to resist following when your peers are pulling you along with others down into the swamp of narcotics. It takes a man of something of a bit of steel in his spine to say no and then keep this resolution…the very life of a nation is threatened by powerful men of the drug cartel. There would be no such problem if the people of the United States and other nations refused to become a market for these narcotics. It is a supply-and-demand situation. There is a great demand with a ready supply to meet that demand. Everyone who partakes of these illicit drugs has on his hands some of the blood of those who have been killed or wounded in the fight to stop the cultivation and exportation of these destructive products.

You cannot afford to tamper with them in the least. Certainly you must be grateful for your bodies and your minds, the very substance of your mortal lives. Certainly you must know that health is the most precious of assets. Certainly you recognize that, for the years that lie ahead, you will need health of body and clarity of mind if you are to live productively and with respect of associates. You would not knowingly break an arm or a leg just for the fun of it. Broken bones will mend and function in a normal way. But a mind warped by drugs or a body weakened or distorted by these evil things will not easily be repaired. The drug-induced destruction of self-worth and self-confidence is almost impossible to restore…Do not throw away your future. Do not jeopardize the well-being of your posterity.

I watched on television the other evening a documentary on what are called “cocaine babies”. I have seen few things more pitiable. These children born of addicted mothers, come into the world under a terrible handicap. Their future prospects are hopeless. Many of them doubtless throughout their lives will be cared for at public expense. You will bear the burden as taxpayers. That of course is serious, but more serious is the manner in which the gift of life has been so wickedly abused by parents who had not the will to resist the drugs that have all but destroyed their children.

In earlier centuries, there were plagues that swept across England and the nations of Europe. They struck like lightning, carrying tens of thousands to their death” (“The Scourge of Illicit Drugs”, Ensign, Nov 1989, pp. 48-50).
Is not the use of illicit drugs a plague of today? Now should be the best of times in which to live. We can enjoy healthy, happy, production lives. BE WISE – What more can we say?

Craig Haslam RPh.