The Drug Trade: How Illegal Drugs Impact the World
Have you ever bought drugs from a shady dealer? Where did those drugs originally come from? Do you know where your drugs come from? You know a little bit about the international drug trade, but how does it really work? Where do the drugs come from, and where do they go? Law enforcement around the world is working vigilantly to try to catch and stop the vast organizations that are responsible for growing, shipping, and distributing illegal drugs. But have you ever wondered how the drug trade impacts different countries around the world? Unfortunately, the drug trade leads to violence and corruption in any country where it's found.
The Drug Trade in China-Huge
In southern China, for example, police recently seized 3.3 tons of crystal meth in a raid on a fortified city where drug production is one of the main industries. The village targeted was called a "fortress" of drug production by Chinese police. "With the help of helicopters and speed boats, authorities targeted Boshe village, which has supplied over a third of crystal meth nationwide in the past three years," said Reuters in an article about the drug raid. And though these drug producers have been shut down, there will continue to be illegal drug production as long as there is demand for illegal drugs like meth, heroin, PCP, cocaine, marijuana, PCP, and Molly. Meth is the second most popular drug in China, after heroin. Click here to learn how another country-Nigeria-is dealing with their drug problem.
Drug Cartels Run the Drug Trade in Mexico
And in Mexico, recently, the drug trade has lead to huge increases of crime. The Mexican government has tried to put together a coordinated crackdown on the power of the drug cartels-with the result that the cartels are fighting back with extortion and bribery. As the Mexican law enforcement tightens its chase on lead cartel bosses, the collapsing organizations leave lots of low-level thugs and enforcers without income. So, they often turn to kidnapping and demanding protection money. The numbers are rising at an alarming rate. In 2007, there were 4,000 reported extortion attempts in Mexico. This year, there have already been at least 5,335-and experts say the number could hit 8,000 this year, or twice as many as were reported 6 years ago. Click here to learn more about the drug cartels and how they run the drug trade in Mexico.
Real Help for Drug Addiction
Do you use drugs? Do you know someone who's addicted to drugs? Well, you should consider the criminal activities and violence that you're supporting by buying illegal drugs (such as marijuana, meth, cocaine, PCP, and Molly) or abused prescription medication (like OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin). Call Retreat at Lancaster County today to learn more about how our PA rehab center can help you get clean. We're within easy driving distance of OH, PA, NJ, NY, DE, and MD. Click here to learn more about our treatment programs.