Illicit Drugs Devastating

Selling drugs falls into the category of disgusting and inhumane crimes. Introducing and hooking people on drugs devastates and completely destroys lives.

Luring innocent kids into this hell is unimaginably cruel, yet it is common as there is widespread use of drugs by our young.

This must be stopped!

Teens Drug Addiction Requires Our Adamant Attention:
Drug use among teens has reached epidemic proportions. No matter how vigilant you are, your teens will definitely be exposed to drugs at school, the very place you think should be a safe environment. Mrs. Reagan’s ‘Just say no to drugs’ campaign was a complete failure. The truth is that teens perceive adults as old fuddy-duddies that don’t know their head from a hole in the ground. Parents, try as they may, face an uphill war in safe guarding their children from the ravaging effects of drugs.
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Global Issues describes the scope - Illicit drugs: a huge global market.
The illicit drugs trade (also referred to as the illegal drugs trade or drug trafficking) is one of the largest global businesses, at some $322 billion, according to the UN World Drug Report, 2007.

It attracts criminal organizations because the potential profits are significantly more than from other criminal commodities: As the 2007 UN Drug Report notes the high value is understandable because “unlike human beings, diamonds or firearms, the drug supply is consumed each year and in need of continuous renewal.”

The main illicit drugs are the opiates (mostly heroin), cocaine, cannabis, and ATS (amphetamine-type stimulants) such as amphetamines, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

The UN estimates that some 200 million people (4.8% of the world’s population aged 15-64) use illegal drugs annually with 25 million being classed as problem users (0.6%). . . .

Legal and Illegal Drugs, Tackling the problem: criminalize or decriminalize? A common approach (and one taken by countries such as the United States and international organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) is that drugs should be made illegal and there should be strong emphasis on clamping down on the illegal drugs trade. In many countries, this has led to extra law-enforcement costs and overflowing prisons. (The drugs problem is seen as a criminal issue.)

The Netherlands, however, has taken a different approach and partly decriminalized certain “soft” drugs in small proportions. (The drugs problem is seen primarily as a health issue.)

Read this comprehensive article on Illicit Drugs by Anup Shah at the excellent and humane Global Issues website. (Page Created Sunday, March 30, 2008)