Litany of Prayer for the Opioid Epidemic

In the wake of this weekend’s news …

Nearly 200 people in Butler County, Ohio died of drug overdoses last year, but Sheriff Richard Jones refuses to equip his deputies with narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug. Southeast, Ohio, is a particularly hard-hit area.

This is a litany for a special interfaith service to lift up the crisis involving prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs, or for a congregation of any faith to include special prayers on a Sunday morning lifting up these concerns. There are few communities and few congregations who have not experienced terrible losses from this addiction that kills — quickly or slowly.

Litany of Prayer for the Opioid Epidemic

For those who are in the midst of addiction this very day/night, that they may seek recovery and a return to health, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For those in acute or chronic pain young and old and for their physicians and families making choices about treatment.

God hear our prayer.

For those who are working on being clean – stay by them in the hard times, in sickness and in health, in hope and in despair – and for those who lose their recovery, guide them back, one day at a time, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For families who mourn their precious children or parents, aunts or uncles, brothers or sisters, nieces or nephews who have overdosed, and for all who have lost dear friends, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For families and friends of those who are in the midst of addiction or on the path of recovery, that they may have the serenity to accept the things they cannot change, the courage to change the things they can, and the wisdom to know the difference, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For NAS babies born, for those who care for them, for frightened struggling parents who fear to lose them, for those who give foster care, and for those who must decide for these babies’ welfare, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For first responders – police, EMTs, those who are in clinics and hospital emergency rooms and others — who save the lives of those on the brink of death, for those who have been unable to save someone, and for those who make political choices about the availability of naloxone, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For treatment programs of every kind, from medical rehabilitation to the simple twelve steps, offering hope and responsibility, and for those who need healing but instead experience incarceration, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer.

For educators in many settings – school, health care facilities, law enforcement, and faith communities (especially those who are in our midst today/tonight), and for all of us who open our minds and hearts to be educated in ways we can help, we pray to God.

God, hear our prayer. Amen

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2 Responses to Litany of Prayer for the Opioid Epidemic

  1. traleesite says:

    Hi Maren
    Great prayer and important topic. I think you have a typo with regards to the drug, naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (used for pain relief) and naloxone is a drug that can help save a life in cases of opioid overdose.
    Dr Tralee Sugrue

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