Our village walk-in medical clinic was closed for three months.
Thus, patients could not walk in, but rather had to speak to the physician via telephone. This method of delivering medical care was equally frustrating for patients, and for the doctor.
Without betraying any patient confidentiality, I can tell you that a disturbing trend has been witnessed here, as more people have been seeking prescriptions for narcotics (opioids).
These powerful drugs can be helpful for pain relief, if they are used as prescribed, but they also have strong potential for misuse, and addiction. In Canada, such prescriptions are written on special prescription pads with security features built in.
The pandemic has made the opioid crisis even worse. People sometimes try to wrongly use these drugs to numb emotional pain. This results in disaster. Even peaceful fishing villages have an opioid crisis.
I can also describe the frustration of clinic staff in dealing with patients who can become verbally aggressive in seeking this type of medication. Addiction and aggression are sometimes linked.
People are seeking peace. This can only be achieved as we lead lives in accordance to God’s will.
God desires that we honour and worship Him as our first priority. Secondly, He expects that we love our neighbours as ourselves.
All other attempts of seeking ‘inner peace’, apart from following God’s will for our lives will ultimately fail.
The Lord, the Prince of Peace, offers the peace that ‘ passes all understanding ‘ to those who wish to accept it.
Let us continue to point others to The One who is the source of our comfort and joy, and our ever-present helper in times of trouble.