Texas gets hit pretty hard with shipments of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Rohypnol (also known as roofies or rufilin), ecstasy and marijuana—just to name a few. Addiction is a widespread issue, especially when drugs are as available as they are in Texas and other regions like Southern California. The problems that can occur with addiction are so much more than petty theft, prison time, mental health, familial and financial problems.
Not only do the adverse affects of drug addiction turn a good person into someone you can’t trust or depend upon, that same person will actually downplay their addiction and tell you that “it isn’t so bad.” Addiction can be very heartbreaking. Some of the warning signs of an addiction may include:
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, in September of 2016, two members of a drug trafficking organization were caught in possession, “with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. Each faces a statutory penalty of not less than 10 years or more than life in federal prison and a $10 million fine.” Unfortunately these organizations don’t always get caught and the capacity of drugs they’re bringing in is astounding.
“‘Where you have gangs, you have drugs. And in El Paso, all the drugs are coming from across the border.’ A kilo of cocaine in El Paso costs about $20,000, but can be sold in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, or Miami for more than $30,000. There is a lot of money to be made” (FBI). So the drugs being brought onto U.S. soil vary, but we can be certain that they are all in it for the same thing—money.
As previously stated, the drugs being smuggled in can include:
Perhaps you are reading this for a friend, or perhaps you’re reading this for yourself; maybe wondering “how did it ever come to this?” Maybe you’re dope sick right now, or even craving for more. Heroin addiction can be a difficult to understand. Well there is hope for recovery from heroin, but the truth of it is that heroin is a very mentally and physically addictive substance which can be extremely hard to quit cold-turkey. Those who do try to kick the habit on their own might be successful, but their brain is working against them.
You see, addiction is a disease, wherein a person suffers from the mental obsession and compulsion to use a drug; some people suffering from heroin addiction can’t think about much other than their drug of choice. Once addicted, some have little to no control over the amount of the drug they’re using. With heroin this can depend on the purity of the drug and what it’s cut with or laced with—most people don’t know what’s in it. Even if they do, they can still die from an overdose; because even getting a bad batch can kill. Unfortunately, there is no real way of knowing how a person might react to heroin.
Health problems caused by methamphetamine use are:
There are further steps to take towards a successful recovery beyond detox. Any treatment for an alcohol problem is better than no treatment, but a really good treatment might look like this:
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