Drug trafficking is a hot topic right now, as the United States attempts to manage the opioid crisis and reduce the number of overdoses and deaths that have occurred from this. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime notes that main routes of trafficking marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, opiates, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine are coming up from Peru, Columbia, and Bolivia and making their way through Mexico, where they are then distributed across the border into the United States. Billions of dollars each year are spent trying to eradicate this issue, and even as they are seizing more illicit cops, drug loads, and traffickers, people are using drugs more than ever before.
Drugs also come in from China and Afghanistan, and with more technology than ever, people from all over the world are more easily able to produce, distribute, package, and sell secretively. Vice News notes that more than 420 million packages are shipped by sea each year, constituting for 90% of the world’s cargo. Drug traffickers utilize transportation such as airplanes, submarines, speedboats, trucks, and tunnels, making the entire drug trafficking system a huge one.
Canada’s border brings about another major concern; the world’ longest undefended border, the U.S. Border Patrol has tripled the number of agents that oversee this 5,500 mile-long stretch due to an increase in trafficking productions. The Washington Examiner emphasizes that many traffickers are finding inventive ways of smuggling drugs from Canada to the United States undetected; for example, some of them are flying private planes at low altitudes to steer clear from radar detection.
Drug trafficking continues to be a major problem not only in the United States, but around the world. Continued production and selling of illicit drugs means more chances for people to become addicted – leading to overdose and in horrible cases, death. If you have an addiction, make the decision to seek help immediately. There are so many resources and people out here that want to see you succeed. Recovery is possible, and it’s never too late.
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