The Drug Of Illicit Drugs

2280 Words Nov 19th, 2014 10 Pages
During the financial crisis in Mexico in 1995, it was estimated that the country’s earning from oil exports was equivalent to the same amount of money involved in the laundering of drugs and that major drug cartels in Mexico continually rake in profits in the region of ten to thirty billion dollars annually (UNESCOPRESS 2002). This goes to highlight the huge underworld of dealings in illicit drugs, not just in Mexico but globally. Following the UN Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 states internationally, in particular the US, have waged an arguably failing war on drugs with one of the underlying motives being the reduction of drug-related crime. Such crimes range from addicts trying to feed their expensive habit through thefts, burglary and fraud, to the psychopharmalogical impact drugs have on the users behavior, as well as crimes relating to production and distribution of illicit drugs. Whilst drugs do undoubtedly have a direct link to crime by the very nature of acquisition of illicit substances being a crime, whether the costs of prohibition outweigh the benefits in crime reduction is an important question in itself. This essay will argue that many of the underpinning principles and societal perceptions that people hold on the relation of drugs to crime and of the drug user are misinformed, and that the punitive policies of states and legal systems are counterproductive in alleviating crime, largely due to the multinational black markets they help to create and the…
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