What comes to your mind when you hear the word, “gravel?” Maybe you think of mission trips. Maybe you think of roads. Maybe you think of the country. And maybe, you think of potent drugs. The news will suggest that if you think that Molly was bad, look out, for Fakka, aka gravel, is much worse.
Flakka, aka gravel, enters the scene
Flakka shares some characteristics with Molly. It’s a synthetic drug. It’s dangerous to young people. And it seeks to use the cover of femininity, for we’re told that, “it’s ‘an eloquent collegial term — a beautiful, skinny woman who charms all she meets,” said Hall. “They give [synthetic drugs] names that are hip and cool and making it great for sales.'” This was in an NBC article.
Unless, they’re going through some deep crisis or life seems unbearable and/or hopeless, people don’t set out to be addicted. However, they’re enticed, seduced by the possibility of being cool, by peer pressure, by the thrill of the moment. The problem with Flakka is that one moment can be fatal. Consider this by Hall in a CBS article this time:
“We’re starting to see a rash of cases of a syndrome referred to as excited delirium,” said Hall. “This is where the body goes into hyperthermia, generally a temperature of 105 degrees. The individual becomes psychotic, they often rip off their clothes and run out into the street violently and have an adrenaline-like strength and police are called and it takes four or five officers to restrain them. Then once they are restrained, if they don’t receive immediate medical attention they can die.”
It’s bad. Are you talking about it with your youth, in your youth group? If not now, when?
Talk about it
Here’s a helpful Scripture verse to give some perspective:
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise (Proverbs 20:1).
The same can be said of drugs. Discuss this verse with your young people.
- Ask them how this verse addresses substances that are mind and performance altering.
- Consider the deception and delusion you act under when you are under the influence of such substances and how this deception becomes a mockery of whom you really are.
- Look at how such substances have fatal consequences—this can be actual death or the death of dreams and a productive life. Use real life examples.
- Discuss the problems with Flakka and find out what they know about it.
- Talk about the sources of these substances. The ease of getting them. The attraction of using them and what it takes to resist.
- Talk about wisdom, referencing Proverbs 9:10. How does the fear of God impact your decisions in everyday life? How does the fear of God keep you from being led away?
Be non-judgmental. You may have young people who are struggling with substance abuse and you want an open door so that they are free to speak with you. You can even say that if anyone is struggling contact you after. However, be sure you know where and how to refer them for appropriate help.
In addition, remember that they probably know better than you do where these drugs can be found, etc. Do a lot of listening and praying. Be prayerful throughout and attentive to the Holy Spirit.
Gravel on the earth has its uses. Gravel as Flakka, is bad. Talk about it.
Living fully. Living faithfully. Following Christ.
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