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Norfolk churches challenged to join fight against drugs 

Following a challenge from the chair of the National Christian Police Association to join the battle against drug crime and addiction, churches and Christians from Norwich and Norfolk are being invited to an evening of prayer. Biddy Collyer reports.

In August, Norfolk Police Inspector Marie Reavey, who is heading up the national initiative called Faith and Police Together, and is the chair of the National Christian Police Association sent out an open letter to local churches encouraging them to pray for addiction to be ended in Norfolk and the UK.
 
In that letter, she outlined a vision God had given her to imagine the transformation that would take place if a heroin addict and his partner turned to Jesus, and the knock-on effect that would have if it was multiplied across the county: less victims of crime; reduced demand on the police service, the criminal justice system, the prison service, the probation service, the NHS and social services. Even the education system would benefit as children would then be in a stable home and encouraged to go to school.
 
The economic and social costs of drugs supply is estimated to be £10.7 billion a year.  A report in 2011 estimated the annual cost of maintaining treatment and paying benefits to the 320,000 problematic drug users to be £3.6 billion.  It will be even higher today.
 
Her letter continued: “I believe God is calling the church to step up and start to tackle the issue of addiction which is so often not considered when social action is being looked into. Yet it is probably one of the most significant factors to the poverty and breakdown within our society.”
 
As a result of her challenge to the church locally, a prayer meeting to pray for our police and for a breakthrough in the battle against drug crimes and the burden of addictions has been organised for Saturday November 23, at 7.30pm at St Stephens Church, Norwich.
 
Come and join Christians from across Norwich and Norfolk as we stand with the police and pray for an end to the flood of drugs coming in our area, damaging those caught in addiction and being done to our communities.
 


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