The effect of drug peddling on society

The consequences for drug peddling

Drug peddling is equivalent to illegal drug trade which today has a global black market dedicated to distributing, manufacturing, cultivating and selling drugs which are subject to the laws of drug prohibition. Jurisdiction does not permit the trade of drugs except those which are under license and yet 1% of the total global trade today is illegal drug trade. It was during the 19 century that illegal drug trade actually emerged when China retaliated by putting into force the ban on Opium Imports. It is a known fact that drug peddling provides a huge source of secret income. The beginning of the 21st century has witnessed an increase in the use of drugs in Europe and North America especially for Cocaine and Marijuana. Drug trafficking, today is one of the most sort after trades and many business tycoons are directly or indirectly related to it.

Drug trade is directly linked to crimes such as murder especially in the developing countries. Highly addictive drugs are very expensive and so there are many who commit crimes like robberies, burglaries and shop lifting in order to support their addiction. Amongst the drugs that are widely peddled, Heroin, because of its high cost per volume is imported into the U.S. more than what it was before and even if the smuggling of it can lead to harsh penalties such as death sentenced or life imprisonment, it is still carried out successfully. Meth is also a popularly peddled drug and can be used in the form of injections as well as inhaled through test-tube fashioned into a pipe or by being vaporized on an Aluminum foil.
Another strong drug that is manufactured illicitly in laboratories is Temazepam. It is manufactured through chemical altercation and is widely abused especially in the U.K. in the form of prescription drugs. There are many more such dangerous drugs that are peddled and traded all across the world leading to drastic effects on society. It can have no positive effects other than creating a breed of people who are susceptible to violence and crime. The world needs enterprising young people and not drug peddlers and something must be done to make people aware that National Service matters to the people’s welfare while crime can only hurt.

The role of the court in drug peddling

It is distressing to see that the narcotics court is over burdened with cases related to drugs, prisons are filled with those who have abused drugs and thus resorted to violence as well as drug peddlers. Resources that are created for helping such cases are either insufficient or unavailable and many of these relate to the young people. There is an urgent need for intervention in all cases related to drugs, ranging from addiction to peddling and along with the legal penalties, it is important for educationists to step in and make an effort, even if the results are not far-fetched, to bring in a revolutionary change in the ideas of the youth so that drug abuse can be curbed.

Who can help to curb violence amongst youth

Is violence amongst youth related to drugs?

The last decade has seen a rapid increase in the crime rate of youth violence by more than 12% and this has become a cause of great concern. Drugs do create violence. Assault amongst youth with a weapon has shot up by 40% and homicide as well as killing of another being has shot up by 41%. The charges of Cocaine and other drugs amongst youth have hit an increase of 135% and 156% whereas charges of Marijuana were 91% more than previous years. A study of this report will clarify how drugs are affecting the youth and its devastating effects on families related to this youth. The reason is simple- facts are that drugs can change the way people think and react and we as responsible people need to do something aggressive before the crime rate increases and more offenses are committed.

The role of the police in violence related to drugs

Undoubtedly policing is required to deal with violence created by drug abuse but it is just a reactionary measure. There are many families who do not know how to deal with the problem of drug addiction and feel helpless with the situation. The root cause of the problem needs to be solved as drugs are actually solutions for people who have not been able to solve their own problems sufficiently. Many of them feel that they cannot party without getting drugged or when they are drugged the feeling is good because reality does not make them feel that way.
The police can only take measures to curb the growth of violence created by drugs amongst youth but they cannot solve the problem. Usually their methods are harsh and can only have a negative impact on the abuser making him more stubborn and violent and prone towards drugs as a way of life. Therefore the role of the police is negligible as they are there to enforce law not to deal with the issues of drugs.

Who can help to curb violence amongst youth?

It goes without saying that if there is anybody who can play a pivotal role in curbing violence amongst youth who abuse drugs, it is there family and friends. Their support and counseling can make a difference as it can help the abuser to re-invigorate his life by working it out correctly and getting active on achieving his goals. Education about holistic methods for solving the problem of drugs is essential. Natural health solutions should be offered to those who are abusing drugs so that they can strive for a healthy life style.
Drug abusers are usually the young people who have accepted defeat. They are unable to face situations and challenges of life and are basically escapists. The only way to turn their mind is counseling. The role of an interventionist can make a difference as it is not a one-time advice but continuous counseling and support which can eventually help them give up drugs and thus give up violence.