is Only Part of the Solution As Obama's administration prepares to send funds, helicopters, dogs, federal officers and communications equipment to the U.S./Mexico border to fight the transfer of drugs and money across the border, many critics insist that the solution must include the reduction of demand for illicit drugs in this country.
Mexican drug cartels battle over turf around Tijuana in Baja California and Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso while nearly twenty million Americans are current illicit drug users. An estimated 22 million people are classified as dependent on or abusers of drugs or alcohol. This means that the drug cartels have a truly vast customer pool for their wares. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana are consumed as fast as they can get their loads across the borders.
More and more ingenious illicit drug marketing techniques are developed, such as the drug distribution ring that penetrated San Diego State University in 2008. In that case, an investigation showed that Mexican traffickers had set up fraternity houses and distribution points on campus. Hundreds of U.S. cities, most following the pattern of the nation's interstates that criss-cross the nation, have reported Mexican drug trafficking organization activity in the last two years.
"Without reducing the demand for illicit drugs, it may be impossible to drive the drug cartels out of business," stated Derry Hallmark, Director of Admissions and Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor at Narconon Arrowhead. Narconon Arrowhead is one of the country's leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, located in Canadian, Oklahoma. "There are billions to be made with their illicit trafficking. And there are many would-be traffickers willing to step into the shoes of any trafficker that is put out of business."
"The answer to this problem must include vigorous plans for drug education and rehabilitation," explained Mr. Hallmark. "Widespread availability of effective rehab and education can reduce the numbers of people who get caught in this web and gradually eliminate the market for illicit drugs. The catch is that a person must be able to truly recover from their addiction. With our 70 percent success rate, Narconon Arrowhead is truly proud to be part of the solution to this terrible social ill."
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