In a comprehensive drug report, the United Nations recently declared India as southern
Asia's biggest consumer of heroin. It is often thought of as an ideal transit point for
countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal. According to the Times of India, of the 40
tonnes of heroin produced in south Asia, nearly 17 tonnes are consumed in India and with a
trade value estimated to be $1.4 billion. Heroin has become much more than a bad habit.
Challenge drug abuse poses to the mission and ministry today is as humongous as it was
in 1980s and 1990s. It has come in different shades and colours affecting human beings
particularly the younger generations.
The book is an outcome of extensive research done by the author in knowing the level of
harm caused and bringing out a new initiative aimed at beating this drug menace. Practical
and therapeutic suggestions and recommendations are made to the general public,
particularly Church for missional and ministerial response to this invisible enemy of
India. It's time to Conscientize, Care and Counsel Youth who are becoming victims for
Christ's sake fulfilling the mission and ministry of Christ in our times.
1. Drugs : Use and Abuse
2. Networking : Acquisition and Distribution
3. Socio-Religious and Economic Effects
4. Biblical and Ethical Perspectives of Drug Abuse
5. Missional and Therapeutic Implications
Rev. Dr. Mithra, hails from a small village in Northern Karnataka, is
presently a faculty at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, teaching in the department of
Christian Ministry. He began his theological journey by doing B.Th. from South India
Biblical Seminary, Bangarapet, Karnataka; B.D. from Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur.
He also obtained Master of Theology in Missional Ethics from South Asia Institute of
Advanced Chtistian Studies, Bangalore; and M.Th. in Christian Ministry from United
Theological College, Bangalore. He earned his Doctorate in Theology, (Christian Ministry)
from Senate of Serampore College through SATHRI.
Being an ordained Minister, Dr. Mithra served as Pastor of English Chapel-Hassan;
Bi-lingual Church-Bangalore; and Emmanuel Chapel-Kolkata. He has a rich experience of
teaching for 28 years in different theological colleges. He worked as a Registrar,
Lecturer, Academic Dean in various Theological Seminaries/Colleges. He served as
Counsellor, Chaplain, and Professor at Serampore College, Serampore, West Bengal.