Chasing the dragon from the urban back alleys to the international seas

On the Canadian naval news chatter it’s the HMCS* Toronto, a patrol naval ship, somewhere in the Indian Ocean that made their second major drug bust this year on open water. On a global level the illicit drug industry is just as fierce if not wiser than a generation ago. Now with satellite surveillance and high tech radar global players in the trafficking of heroin and other poison are having a rough time keeping up with the counter attacks.


When you consider that 315 kilograms of heroine were seized by a Canadian naval ship on international water one can’t help but wonder the size of the market for such illicit drugs. Heroin has been around for a long time, but only became largely abused and problematic in the mid part of the 20th century. When you trace the use of heroin back to the source you will find out that there is some small village in a poppy harvesting country that has he villagers, women, men and kids working in the field for a few dollars a day.


To the villagers this is job, a means to make some form of income in order to feed and care for his or her family. On the other side of the world four city kids purchase a couple of points of heroin each and go partying. In most cases they all make it home safe only to start again the next day and then they need their next hit or the experience of withdrawal will be unbearable.


Helping someone withdraw from heroin addiction is no walk in the park. The side effects are gruesome to say the least. Our health officials and their counter parts, the pharmaceutical companies, came up with the genius called “harm reduction”. By fabricating a drug called “methadone” a person can now stop heroin by taking methadone and not feel the withdrawal effects. But now the person is hooked on methadone and the cycle continues and by survey methadone is worse the heroin.


The only proven way to overcome any addiction to drugs or alcohol is with the help of drug addiction counselors. These are professionals in the field of addiction, just as you would call a plumber to fix a clogged sink, you can call a professional addiction counselor at a reputable drug rehab facility to fix a person addicted to drugs.


The war on drug trafficking will continue as long as there are generations seeking to avoid life and its challenges and seclude themselves in a world of deceit, pain, horror and eventual death.


Society needs more drug awareness campaigns, drug education that has proven workability, good drug rehab facilities and an active community disagreeing with drug use. Get involved, be part of the solution, say no to drugs and yes to life in our cities or on the open ocean. Well done to the men and women serving on the HMSC Toronto.


*HMCS: Her Majesty Canadian Ship


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