Drug Use and Crime Overview

Recreational use itself of any drug may not lead someone to damage his life or those around him, but all addiction begins with seemingly innocent occasional use. Yet, it is not only the user who becomes an addict –approximately 10%...

/ January 8, 2017

The Origins of Modern Drug Use

The origins of our drug culture must also be better understood. Grasping the causes for the popularization of drugs, which began in the 1960s and has engulfed American society ever since, is vital. But we must reach further back in...

/ January 7, 2017

Violence & Corruption

Some of the greatest confusion created by the drug problem surrounds the extent to which drug use, trafficking and production contribute to crime, violence and corruption. While marijuana users rarely commit crimes, users of cocaine, and especially crystal meth and...

/ January 2, 2017

Central America’s Case

Today, Guatemala and Honduras have the 2nd and 5th highest homicide rates in the world, but they already placed 7th and 3rd in 2005, two years before the Mexican cartels established their presence. Additionally, their neighbor, El Salvador, has little...

/ January 1, 2017

Legalization

Legalizing a drug removes the prohibition over its production, sale or consumption, albeit with at least some government regulation, as is the case with alcohol. Marijuana is the only drug to have been legalized in some parts of the world,...

/ January 7, 2017

Depenalization and Decriminalization

Depenalization differs from legalization in that drugs remain illegal, but possession of small amounts carry minor penalties such as fines or community service, rather than time in jail. Since the 1970s, many U.S. states have depenalized the possession of limited...

/ January 6, 2017