Drugs, Death and Salute to Mothers
So, I was scouring the news this weekend and came across an article citing 35 bodies found in mass grave in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Many were tied up when they were killed. The drug problem in Mexico is alarming. Over 40,000 people have gone missing or presumed dead since the implementation of militarization of the Drug War in Mexico since 2006. Over 250,000 have been killed in violent crimes in Mexico many drug related. Last year alone in the state of Jalisco over 2400 homicides were recorded according to afp.com. It would appear that the Drug Cartels are gaining the upper hand.
Mexico is not alone when it comes to drug problems. In 2017, the United States experienced the worse year for drug overdose deaths, according to the Centre of Disease Control & Prevention. Over 72,000 people died or 200 per day. That is more than Guns, Car Crashes and HIV/Aids combined. More than the loss in life in the Vietnam and Iraq wars. This is serious folks!
Opiod deaths are sky rocketing. Fentanyl and Oxycodone are the main culprits. These synthetic drugs are 50 times more powerful that heroine.
Our prisons are full of drug related offenders. Our grave yard’s are welcoming more and more victims. We have tried educating our young. Tried passing more and more laws and adding more police to enforce existing laws but to no avail.
More people are using prescription, non-prescription and street drugs than ever before to satisfy addictions, escape problems – emotionally or psychologically , or deal with physical pain. The impact on society is devastation and the offshoot is prostitution, violent crime, gangs, guns and grieve.
Best approach is to just say NO. That it too simple. Another is to follow the money and determine who is profiting the most.
Paul P. salutes all mothers and especially his own. Thanks for tuning in !
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