Illicit Drug Trade in British Columbia
It’s a well-known fact that Vancouver BC is a major player in the illicit drug trade in British Columbia and throughout Canada. But recent drug bust has put a major dent in the drug trade in Metro Vancouver. According to Vancouver Police, a long-term investigation called Project Trooper has come to its culminating result of arresting 11 individuals in connection with a large number of illicit drugs, cash and arms. This is one of many such scenarios across the nation every month.
This is a social situation that can be witnessed from coast to coast and in practically every country on earth today. Throughout history, certain herbs and spices have been cultivated and sold in trade, much of which was smuggled and sold on the black market. But never in all of history has there been such a high demand for mind-altering drugs used for recreational purposes or for self-medication to overcome all forms of unwanted conditions. The real goal is money. The amount of profit available from the illicit drug trade, whether it’s pot, cocaine, prescription drugs or any other pharmaceutical drug is many times that of its production cost. If someone wants it and cannot get it, you can charge any price and it will still be bought. Why?
Drugs for Profit
In any commerce, even illicit drugs it all comes down to demand and supply. If there is a demand for drugs someone will supply it, for a profit, of course. The idea of paying to get some amount of relief for emotional or physical pain is very desirable. So why is there so much pain and emotional discord in our present society? It begins with education, over the past forty-plus years social structure has shifted. More families have both parents working, the child is in daycare, schools have new rules and teachers, the real ones, have less say in how kids should be taught, not to mention high levels of child drugging early on, Ritalin, Prozac, etc. This all leads up to kids and young adults with little or no skills to deal with daily life problems. Despite efforts being made to counter such issues, a rejected teenager will seek out ways to be accepted, doing drugs brings relief to peer pressure and increases your acceptance and other such nonsense. The same can be said for adults.
So even with the drug bust in Metro Vancouver or any other metropolis across Canada, why is it that the drug and addiction problem continues to hit our schools and business? Simple, the drug enforcement agency and police spend millions of tax payer’s money in an attempt to cut off the supply. But the real solution is to address the demand. If there was as much or more attention on handling the demand for drugs, illicit or otherwise, chances are kids, teenagers and adults would not want mind-altering drugs. Thus the commerce would be useless, no money to be made, no one wants the product.
Drug Prevention & Education
This can only be done by prevention, education and massive media agreement that drugs are bad, and do more harm than good. There is simply not enough being done in this arena, one TV adds, and a few federal campaigns do little to a struggling society. Real solutions to life are available without resorting to drugs and alcohol.
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