Palestinian View on Drug Trafficking

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Drugs have been an active part of society ever since healers in Europe first discovered the antiplatelet properties of Willow Bark. However, the area of drugs has expanded far beyond pharmaceutical use, and has taken hold as a recreational substance. This has led to the start of a new method of profiteering; Illicit Drug Trading. Billions of dollars are made every year through this illegal trade and yet still nothing substantial has been done to stop them. Illicit Drug trading is a globally occurring phenomenon where individuals, parties and sometimes even governments are involved in the illegal production, refining, trafficking and sale of drugs. This so called “industry” has a yearly revenue of around $400 billion dollars and rising. Ever since the start of 2011, forecasts predict that over $20 billion dollars have already been spent on drugs. The illicit trading of drugs dates back to the 19th Century during the Opium wars between the British Empire and China. Currently, illicit drug trading is facilitated by every major terrorist organisation on the planet and many other activist groups and certain political groups as well. Illicit drug trading has globally resonating impacts which can seriously cripple a nation. They affect the nation’s individuals in adverse ways. Drugs are a socially destructive machination that has ruined lives all across the globe. Drug users separate from their families, lose jobs, waste all their financial income on drugs and become shunned by society. In the most basic business ideology, they become unproductive thus not benefiting the country any longer. Drugs pose serious health risks to users due to overdose and contaminated methods of delivery. HIV and other intimate contact diseases are rampant in third world nations where there is absolutely little or no education about drugs. The younger generation also seems to find drugs scarily attractive. In the US alone, there are over three million people involved in the drug trade, and...
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