Drug Trafficking

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Drug Trafficking in the United States
Sherrae Jackson
ENG122: English Composition II
Instructor Angela Temple
October 1, 2012

In my research paper I will be discussing Drug Trafficking in the United States. The illegal drug market in the US is one of the most valuable in the world. It has attracted the most vicious, sophisticated, and belligerent drug traffickers. The drug law enforcement agencies have come up against a huge challenge in guarding the country’s borders. What is happening to the people of the United States since there is a lot of drug trafficking going on and who is involved? In this paper I will talk about what is being purchased and sold, who is involved, the negative impact it has on education, the negative effects it has on people’s jobs and productivity, the “benefits”, the costs, the crime rate, the major health problems, the effects drug abuse has on teens, and the affects that drugs have on the environment.

In this paragraph I will be explaining what is being purchased and distributed in the United States. People are purchasing and distributing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy (also known as MDMA), phencyclidine (also known as PCP), and lysergic acid diethylamide (also known as LSD). Marijuana is the most likely illicit drug used in the United States. Cocaine is a major threat to American citizens, especially to their health and safety. Heroin is available in many U.S. cities, has an unprecedented high level of average retail, or street level purity. Methamphetamine is produced, trafficked, and abused in the western, southwestern, and midwestern United States. Ecstasy is a popular among the middle class adolescents and young adults. Phencyclidine is a manufactured hallucinogen that is commonly used with marijuana; it causes users to feel detached from their surroundings. Lysergic acid diethylamide is manufactured illegally within the United States.

In this paragraph I will be talking about the people that are involved in drug trafficking. There are a diverse group of people that are involved in drug trafficking in the United States including Canada and Mexico. One group of people that are drug traffickers is the Colombians. They are the main cocaine producers. Another group of people that are drug traffickers is the Mexicans. They are a major source of heroin and marijuana. Another group of people that are selling drugs is the police. There have been a couple of cases where police were caught selling drugs like heroin.

In this paragraph I will be talking about the negative impact drugs have on education. Education and drug abuse has often appeared to be in a circular relationship, it is generally believed that education is an important point of intervention for the prevention of drug abuse. School children who use drug often suffer from impairment of short-term memory and other intellectual faculties, impaired tracking ability in sensory and perceptual functions, preoccupation with acquiring drugs, adverse emotional and social development and generally impaired classroom performance. Drugs reduce their cognitive efficiency leads to poor academic performance and a resulting decrease in self-esteem. This can contribute to instability in an individual’s sense of identity which is likely to contribute to further drug consumption, thus creating a vicious cycle. At the same time, education is one of the principal means of preventing drug abuse.

In addition to, the last three paragraphs I will be discussing the negative effects drugs have on people’s jobs and productivity. I believe that drugs have a negative effect on people’s jobs and productivity. Drug abuse occurs most frequently among young people between the ages of 15-35. The main age group that people are focusing on is the 18-25 age groups. This includes the ones who already have entered the workforce and the ones that are about to enter the workforce. Being as though there is a high unemployment rate in many...
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