A Hidden Cause: Americans’ Illegal Drug Consumption.

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In an house on suburban long island, a group of 20 somethings warm up by the fire and snort  some cocaine. Their actions reverberate for the worse for thousands and thousands of miles.

It is estimated that the trafficking of drugs from South America through Central America, Mexico, and arriving in the United States, is worth a whopping $13 billion a year. The economist estimated that retail drug sales(illicit) in the United States is $60 billion. Add these two statistics together, and one can infer a  connection between drug trafficking and Americans’ illicit drug consumption.

And Mexico is the final point in transit before final delivery to the United States, making it an integral piece to successfully place the products on the market. It is no secret that Mexico has a long history of corruption and poverty. The corruption is not the exclusive cause of poverty, but it would not rash to assume that it is a significant contributor.

Of course, the steely, unforgiving force of poverty is what causes so many Mexicans to abandon their homeland. They flee from it like one would from a powerful predator. It is, in its own way, a form of persecution; watching your  child wither away from malnutrition is a tragedy of the highest order.

The source of Mexicans’ unfortunate plight cannot be grounded into an easy categorical list of causes. It goes way back, but undoubtedly, its remarkably bloody past  and its proximity to its powerful neighbor in the North are part of the core. However, I contend that Americans’ illicit drug use, at least within the past 20 years, has significantly increased the amount of unauthorized migration to the United States and here is why:

Quickly visualize the effect that dropping $13 billion dollars in front of poor Mexicans  that have no other hope to obtain financial stability for themselves and their family. (they don’t have to be poor, actually, it can be anyone, but the poorer an individual is, the faster they would jump at the money) It’s quite  simple; many will grasp at that money with delight in their eyes. Thus, all of a sudden these same people are exponentially wealthier in very short amount of time. A problem, however, is these ill-gotten gains  violate Mexican law. The solution: pay off poorly paid police, military, and other government officials. Therefore, government corruption rises. Many officials whose duty is to act in the best interests of Mexico’s people will now be more likely to act solely to preserve their considerable financial gains from illicit drugs, even if it is directly against the peoples’ interest. Without the peoples’ interests in mind, the government, then, does not focus on addressing the already existent poverty, and then, like a uncontained wildfire , its reach expands.

Americans, by flippantly using illicit drugs, create an environment for poverty to flourish and blaze its destructive path in Mexico and beyond. Ironically, many Americans who consistently lay all of the blame on individual Mexicans and others Latinos for coming here illegally surely are illicit drug users, or have been at some point. I suggest that those people give themselves lashes for the unpatriotic effects of their actions.

Seriously, though, if there is one reason not to use drugs, it should be that that use has and will continue to destroy human lives–both here and south of the border.


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6 Responses to “A Hidden Cause: Americans’ Illegal Drug Consumption.”

  1. Alonzo Says:

    Americans, by flippantly using illicit drugs, create an germane environment for poverty to flourish and blaze its destructive path in Mexico and beyond.

    That’s a laugh! Just how do drugs cause an environment for poverty to flourish? You’ve got the logic backwards. Poverty sometimes creates an environment in which people might resort to crime to earn a living. If Mexicans had other options of how to earn a living they wouldn’t have to resort to the illegal drug trade. An example of this is the U.S. government’s program to wean Afghanistan’s population off the cultivation of poppies that are used to produce drug. And try using a dictionary. Germane means pertinent, i.e. the lawyer’s line of questioning was germane to the issue at hand. Germane is clearly not appropriate the way you used it.

  2. bjohns15 Says:

    Alonzo:

    Thank you for reading and pointing out the incorrect usage of “germane”.

    Since you opened up the door for advice-giving, I urge you to return to school to improve your reading comprehension. I did not say that the drug-trade itself directly caused poverty in Mexico; I said that the government corruption arising from the drug trade exacerbates the poverty already existent in Mexico.

  3. Alonzo Says:

    Nice try, but your rationale that the U.S. is the cause of Mexican poverty does not wash. Mexico is one of the most wealthy countries south of our border, yet it cannot manage its resources. You don’t discuss this, so I can only assume that this fact isn’t germane to your agenda., which is to place the blame for Mexican poverty on the U.S. You’re logic is a stretch not shared by any but those who rationalize why the U.S. should take the fall, i.e. responsibility for the mass exodus north. We’ve seen this before, in the form of “jobs Americans won’t do”, “the border crossed us, we didn’t cross the border”, etc., the U.S. stole Mexican territory, all attempts at justifying a blatant wrong. This is just one more historical fiction; a little fact mixed with flawed analysis and rife with the sin of omission.

  4. Alonzo Says:

    That’s right! Beg for the mercy of God Almighty while you’re at it.

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