Since 2007 Mexicos President Calderon has been waging war on drug traffickers. But the price in human lives has been horrendous. In shootouts between police and traffickers in kidnappings followed by murders in mass slayings in homes at drug rehabs or in the country more than 28000 people have died in less than four years. For comparison 58000 Americans died in the Vietnam War but that took sixteen years not four.
Recently the media has reported one massacre after another. Just last weekend seven people were shot outside a home that was hosting a party five people were found dead in a car two police were shot dead two more were shot at the entrance of a home. In all twenty deaths were connected to drug cartel activity.
Many of these deaths take place in northern regions near the U.S.-Mexico border where cartel control is the most vicious. Battling for superiority are the Gulf Juarez Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyva Cartels and La Familia. The Zetas formed from ex-military who then began to provide security for the Gulf Cartel are on their own now trafficking drugs and adding to the own body count.
This carnage reveals the intensity of pressure that exists on these channels bringing illicit drugs into our cities suburbs rural areas and schools. The billions of dollars to be made from distributing Mexican and South American drugs to U.S. citizens has created a feeding frenzy among the cartels. You add law enforcement pressure and interference to this scene and its no wonder the lid has entirely blown off the whole situation. Narconon is an international organization that is dedicated to preventing drugs abuse and addiction and rehabilitation of those who have become addicted.
Do you think these traffickers dont assign quotas to their mid-level distributors? Do you think these distributors dont pass these quotas along to their street dealers? With this much power and money at stake you can bet that the pressure starts at the top and works its way all the way down to the bottom. Unfortunately that bottom is our school children or our hard-working productive citizens.
Some people may think of addicts as people who are not worth saving. But many of these addicts were loving parents successful businesspeople or salespeople or artists and musicians before they got addicted. Its not only the Mexicans who are caught in the crossfire of this drug war. Its all too often our neighbors and loved ones.
Effective drug rehabilitation and drug education is needed to stop the inroads of the cartels into our citizenry. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs helps those who have become addicted to drugs and alcohol and the Narconon drug education curriculum has proven effective in reducing drug use statistics among young people who receive it.
While many drug treatment centers either state success rates of 10 to 20 percent or simply say that "relapse is part of recovery" the Narconon drug treatment program enables seven out of ten graduates to live clean and sober lives after they go home.
For more information on Narconon visit www.narconon.org