Monthly Archives: October 2007

Drug addiction in mexico: severed heads on the beach

Substance abuse worsens as drug war heats up“Mexico is no longer just a transit country for drugs bound for the United States. It is a country of drug users as well,” James C. McKinley Jr. concludes in an October 3 article for The New York Times (reg. required). According to the Commander of Police in Zamaro, “Ten or 15 years ago we didn’t even see powdered cocaine, just marijuana. Then about three years ago we started to see a lot of signs of ice, crack and heroin.”Observers note that alarm over drug trafficking has reached new heights as more and more dealers shift their business south toward the beach resort areas of Acapulco and Veracruz. Mutilated bodies and severed heads are sometimes left on the beaches for the television crews, Reuters reported. There have been more than 2,000 execution-style killings so far this year, a new record for drug-related violence in Mexico.The trend so alarmed new Mexican president Felipe Calderon that he demanded a drug testing program in 8,000 Mexican high schools. After the recent seizure of 12 tons of cocaine in a Tampico warehouse, president Calderon announced that the U.S. had pledged $1.5 billion in additional anti-drug aid to Mexico, some of which will go toward the purchase of high-tech electronic surveillance and detection equipment. So far this year, the Mexican government has sent 24,000 troops to northeastern Mexico in an attempt to disrupt the traffickers.Meanwhile, The New York Times article reported that in the town of Zamora, “Private drug rehabilitation centers have sprouted up in nearly every poor neighborhood, a cottage industry of sorts. Most of them are tiny, squalid houses where addicts are locked up for three months and given a short course on the 12-step program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous.” Families pay $100 to place relatives in these homes, where dozens of addicts share a single toilet, the doors are locked at all times, and the windows are covered with welded sheet metal.Mexico currently receives only about $40 million a year from the U.S. government for the fight against cross-border drug traffic. General Javier del Real Magallanes, head of the army’s drug operations in northeastern Mexico, claimed that the arms race against drug cartels has been fueled by U.S. arms dealers providing drug dealers with everything from handguns to rocket-propelled grenade launchers. “These arms aren’t from Mexico, they’re from the other side,” the general told Reuters.As is typical in such cases, both Mexican officials and U.S. border security consultants call for greater enforcement efforts, leading to a spiraling cycle of violence and addiction in which the United States is the arms suppliers for both sides of the conflict. For Mexican citizens, the escalating drug war south of the border means that, while street prices of cocaine and heroin in the United States may temporarily decline, exactly the opposite occurs in Mexico: a steadily growing, ever cheaper supply of narcotics for the locals, as more and more drugs remain in Mexico rather than being shipping to the U.S.Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora told the Dallas Morning News that “The U.S. law is too flexible, too permissive when it comes to gun possession, and unfortunately many of those guns, particularly high-power assault weapons, too often end up in the hands of ruthless drug cartels.”For their part, regional Drug Enforcement Officials (DEA) are supportive but skeptical. “Until you reduce U.S. demand for drugs, and weed out the immense corruption among Mexico’s law enforcement, pouring more U.S. money into Mexico won’t necessarily solve the problem,” said a former head of the DEA office in Dallas. (Source: Addiction Inbox) Continue reading

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The Problem of Cocaine Addiction

People who think they will try cocaine ‘just once’ often fall prey to cocaine addiction because they enjoy some of the short-term effects, such as increased energy and mental alertness. People looking to lose weight also sometimes experiment with cocaine because of the short-term effect of appetite suppression.

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Highs And Lows Of Drug Cravings

The anticipation of a cocaine fix and the actual craving to abuse the drug are two closely related phenomena, according to new evidence. Scientists explain that craving is an intense and often irrepressible urge to seek and consume the drug, which can result in relapses even after extended periods of abstinence. In searching for effective therapies, understanding how craving, cognition and motivation are entwined is essential. Continue reading

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What Is Addiction Relapse Prevention?

The recovery, and drug and alcohol treatment communities generally agree that there is a relapse process that begins long before the actual first use has occurred. Continue reading

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Are You A Victim Of Dysfunctional Relationships?

Dysfunctional relationships are relationships that create more emotional turmoil than satisfaction. Relationships are part of the human experience. But what happens if one or both partners have never been involved in a happy relationship, or had one modeled for them as a child? Continue reading

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Are You Enabling Addiction In The One You Love?

Unfortunately, many times, a loved one actually is enabling addiction through their well intentioned desire to help the addict or alcoholic. How does this occur? Continue reading

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7 Great Tips To Help You In Early Drug Addiction Recovery

There is probably nothing more dismal to a recovering drug addict then the fact that they are going through a process which seems like it takes forever! Counseling, group therapy, as well as a variety of others are experiences that you should continue throughout your addiction and recovery process. Continue reading

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‘Rusting’ Also Describes How Methamphetamine Harms The Body

A pharmacology professor who left the lab bench to focus on science education has developed a tactic for keeping students hands in the air at the end of class. “What does get students’ attention?” she and her co-authors asked in their new research article on fostering science literacy. “Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, of course.” Continue reading

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