• Jobs for Illegal Drug Industry

    At first, it may seem like the illegal drug industry creates lots of jobs in the communities where the drugs are produced. Small communities that produce the drugs tend to have an inflow of cash into their economy. In the short term, providing income-generating activities for people could be regarded as economically favorable.

    A small number of people, mainly those organizing the illicit drug trade, make large profits from illicit crop cultivation, but the vast majority of people, including most of those who originally benefited from such trade, are adversely affected by that illicit activity.

    In the long term, the illicit drug industry causes major problems that eventually affect the community’s economic development. Drug traffickers invest drug money into legal businesses which serve as front companies to cover up for money laundering. For this reason, true legitimate business owners find it almost impossible to compete with the drug traffickers, who are making 90% of their profit off of drug sales. These illicitly funded business enterprises may squeeze legitimate business competitors out of the market by underselling goods or services. On top of that, all of the money generated from selling drugs can’t be taxed because of its status of illegality and it is supposedly unknown to the government. So, millions of dollars’ worth of taxes, which could be used by the government to fight hunger and poverty, instead go to the drug lords, their workers, and pay-offs to government officials.

    US drug users spend roughly $60 billion a year on illegal drugs, according to government estimates, helping to support the drug business that destructively affects our world from the national level down to individual users. While many people think it’s no big deal to buy a quarter ounce of weed or a gram of cocaine to party with over the weekend, drug users often don’t think about the harm they can cause to other people, even to those people close to them. The direct correlation of drug use and crime is highly problematic. The statistics are just saddening when you look at how drugs affect local communities and families. Many drug users will lie, steal, cheat and abuse others to get their next hit. Tragically, these tendencies are often carried into the home.

    According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) 1998 National Drug Control Strategy, one-quarter to one-half of all incidents of domestic violence are drug-related. Substance abuse is one of the key problems exhibited by 81% of the families reported for child maltreatment; and 3.2% of pregnant women use drugs regularly. Families may also experience emotional abuse and financial strain as a result of drug abuse, in addition to the hundreds of unreported cases of drug-related domestic abuse that happen each year.

    So what’s our duty as a country to battle against these drug traffickers and their mob? The war on drugs takes place on every level, from nations to individuals. You may not have 60 billion dollars to spend on the worldwide war against drugs, but you do have the capability to stand against drug abuse in your own life and community. The US government created organizations such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and spends hundreds of thousands of dollars in cooperation with the FBI, CIA and local law-enforcement officers to crack down on drug producers and dealers both inside and outside of the US. Well-trained officers and police dogs work at the border between Mexico and the US to search vehicles for incoming drug shipments. Still, some border officers estimate that they find only 5% of the drugs crossing the border. The United Nations estimate that current drug fighting efforts intercept only 13% of heroin shipments and 28% to 40% of cocaine shipments worldwide.

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