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It seems that the drug craze has swept the world. I couldn't help but wonder how so many people can get caught up in that horrendous cycle of addiction. One day last week as I was filling the tank on my truck I noticed a sign on the pump. On the sign was the picture of an ordinary fellow telling how he had lost everything, his home, his family and his job because of a drug addiction.
I did some research on the computer to try to inform myself about illicit drugs and the motives behind their manufacturing and distribution. It didn't take long to realize the motive of their manufacturing. I found out that Methamphetamine is worth just a little less than gold by the ounce. The street value of heroin is about $75,000.00 a kilo (1000 grams) in New York City. I also went online and found suppliers mostly in third world countries who were willing to sell over the internet and ship by FedEx freight prepaid any type or amount of any illegal drug that you can think of.
America is mostly made up of the working class. A class of people who find themselves last when thing are going good and first on the chopping block when things get bad.
It seems that crime has existed ever since the dawn of man. Sometimes crime are committed by thugs that would rather steal from someone else than try to achieve things by their own labor. Sometimes crimes are committed by ordinary folks out of desperation. I had a friend name Corky who was a policeman. When Corky found himself facing the loss of his house he committed suicide just so his mortgage insurance would pay off the balance on his house and his family would not lose their home. I guess Corky couldn't find any other solution to his dilemma or didn't realize that there was help available for him. Norman Matthews was going under. To alleviate the crises Norman robbed a bank for seven thousand dollars. Norman got caught and was sentenced to twenty-eight years in federal prison. His family then lost everything as a result.
I met a young man ( a drug dealer) in a 7-11 store in Kansas City on Truman Blvd. He was driving a gold colored Mercedes Benz. When he came into the store the clerk couldn't sell him a Big Gulp because he didn't have anything under a hundred dollar bill in his wallet. At first I wondered why couldn't he just get an honest job making minimum wage. Yeah really! There was no place in Kansas City where he could make the kind of money he was making.
Is selling and buying drugs the only way for some to keep on going in our society?
I know that this is not a easy problem to solve. God knows that the government has spent billions of dollars, hired thousands of federal agents, built numerous prisons, and jailed over one million people trying to stop the flow of narcotics. It's hard to believe that the United States, the home of the free, has more people in prisons that any other country on earth.
I don't have a way to solve this problem. Is methadone to only help for someone addicted to heroin? Is there a non illegal substitute for methamphetamine addiction? Marijuana can be legally prescribed for patients in some states in America to alleviate pain and nausea. Should it be available in other states. I don't know but I do believe that if drug addiction is to be addressed in America it will take many long and weary years of a concerned citizenry engaged in cursive fields of conversation addressing the problem and finding answers.
I don't know
I'm John Q What do you think?
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Larry Maxwell is a retired businessman who often writes about topics related to faith and religion.