Drug War in Mexico Spills Across the U.S. Border
For the last year, drug trafficking-related violence has escalated to terrifying heights in Mexico, particularly at two major points of access to the U.S., Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. In recent weeks, the violence has approached the level of an all-out war.
Drug traffickers connected to the major drug cartels in Mexico have been fighting over turf ever since the earlier cartels that controlled most of the trafficking were weakened by arrests or slayings. Since 2007, more than 7,000 people in Mexico have been killed in what police believe are drug-related slayings. The Mexican government has sent thousands of military and federal police to Ciudad Juarez to quell the violence.
Even the resort city Cancun is not exempt. The Cancun Police Chief was recently arrested and is being investigated for drug trafficking activities and murders. As drug enforcement efforts apply heat to one region, trafficking channels tend to adjust to the pressure and drugs begin to flow in different patterns. These changing channels mean that different regions of the U.S. play host to an increasing number of traffickers and a larger supply of drugs.
New areas hit hard by new trafficking patterns include Phoenix, Arizona, where drug-related kidnappings for ransom are on the rise. Atlanta was called the "new Southwest border" by a federal drug agent. In all, more than 200 U.S. cities have reported the presence of drug-trafficking gangs. And they are not just along the southern border. Trafficking patterns commonly follow the interstates, north to Oregon and Washington state, up through the center of Colorado, along 75 through Tennessee and Ohio to Detroit and Canada, and following the I-10 corridor through Southern states.
The wreckage from the drug traffickers' organizations fills U.S. drug rehabilitation centers from coast to coast. According to government figures, more than six million Americans need treatment for illicit drug use each year but do not receive it.
The solutions to this tragic situation lie on both sides of the border, in effective drug rehab and drug prevention measures as well as drug enforcement," stated Derry Hallmark, the 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.
If the demand for drugs is not greatly reduced by helping addicted people fully beat their addictions, and if people are not educated on why they should avoid drug use in the first place, then this war may go on for a long time." Mr. Hallmark added. "At Narconon, we help people recover from their addictions with a long-term, residential program that enables seven out of ten of our graduates live drug-free lives. We also deliver a drug education curriculum that has been proven to result in lower drug use among those who receive it. We need more people to get on board with effective rehab and prevention solutions so we can turn the tide in this war."
To find immediate help for anyone who is having a problem with any kind of drug or alcohol, contact Narconon's free addiction consultation and referral helpline at 1-800-468-6933 or visit their website at www.stopaddiction.com The Narconon program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez in Arizona State prison, and is based on the humanitarian works of L. Ron Hubbard. In more than 90 centers around the world, Narconon programs restore drug and alcohol abusers and addicts to a clean and sober lifestyle.
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