While taking Geography 400 at Rhode Isalnd College we talked about some of the problems facing the world today. One of the big problems facing the world today is the Drug problem. The biggest Factor of the drug problem is that in Mexico with the violence of the drug cartels. However it is a problem facing many countries. There also is the roblem some countries are facing with criminalizing drugs and the effect that is having on their country.
Five years after its president declared a war on Mexico's drug traffickers, a two-day Guardian series of articles and interactives assesses the scale of carnage that on average kills someone every hour.
Nick Flanagan's insight:
This article shows the violence of drug cartels in mexico and how it has affected Acapulco. The article stated that in 2011 46'00 people had died over a five year span and that equated to one person every hour. That is an eye opening statsistic to just how violent these drug cartels can be.It siad that the battle for control in Acapulco had escalated when the leader fo the faction had been arrested. It said the blood bath had reach a peak in August of 2011 when 148 people had been killed that month and the total for the year at that time was closing in on 1,000. It just shows how violent these drug cartels can truly be, and how much a certain peice of land actually means to them.
The number of drugs (including pain medications) when mixed with grapefruit that can lead to serious health problems, including sudden death, has skyrocketed, warns a Canadian researcher who first discovered the toxic link.
I'm not sure if this is actually real but if it is I am very surprised by it. I never thought there would have been any drug nevermind 43 of them that if mixed with grapefruit can be fatally harmful. This is very interesting, if it is infact true.
Interesting article that shows how researchers found out what drugs students are using. It also looks at why people end up taking drugs, and what heppens to them when they do take drugs. it siad that 15,500 people had taken the survey already. It was interesting to see what kinds of questions they were asking regarding drug use. Like realtions with drugs and violence, drug policy, and a few others.
Surprised at how many Australians go to Laos each year. Up to 30,00 tourists a year and most of them are there for the drugs. It was iteresting to hear about how some of the food they serve in restaurants over there are made with marijuana in it. I think the biggest thing in this article is about the tubes that float down the river with the drugs right on it. i also find it interesting that this only mentioned all the Australian tourists. It makes me wonder how many people from other countries travel there each year for the same reason.
Interesting flier giving out facts about the War on Drugs in the United States. Many of these were facts that i was actually unaware of. I had no idea how much money had been spent on the drug crisis, or that the cost of the drugs had been going down since the War on Drugs started. I was also surprised about the United States being the worlds largest consumer of illegal drugs. Interesting peice that shows how some people feel about drugs being illegal in the United States.
This article shows how drugs are a major problem all over the world not just in the United States. Drug crimes are also major crimes in other parts of the world. This man was sentenced to 24 years injail for his violation. Showing that no matter what country you are in drugs will be a factor to watch out for.
Teachers at a special school in Derbyshire are on strike over the school's policy of drugs tests on staff.
Nick Flanagan's insight:
I don't see any reason for the teachers to be upset about taking a drug test. However at the same time I don't think it's fair to just spring a drug test on them randomly. I get that drugs are a big problem all across the world, and England is trying to put a stop to it in thier country, but doing a random drug test isn't the way to go. On the other hand the teachers getting offending and not wanting to take the test makes it seem like they have something to hide.
Maybe it because i love the show Breaking Bad but something about how the world and certian regions are affected by drugs and drug cartels is something i find very interesting. i hope that while reading about some things this helped you learn new things about how the world has been affected by drugs and the cartels that pedal them. This is a topic that i hope to be more informed on in the future. feel free to leave any comments about the things that I've posted.
The use of legal substances that mimic the effects of illegal drugs appears to be on the rise in Australia, yet little is known about their long-term impact on users. Deakin University health researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Tasmania and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, are running a study to better understand Australian’s experiences of using these substances, referred to as emerging psychoactive substances.
this article takes an interesting look at how some people in Australia are buying drugs online that are legal to mimic the effects of drugs that are illegal. While many of the drugs they are buying are legal for the people to sell, they are actualy illegal in Australia. This article just goes to show how wide spread drug use is. It is used in just about every country and is a real problem.
WARSAW, Nov 26 2012 (IPS) - When the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which advocates an end to what it says has been a failed ‘war on drugs’, held its latest working meeting in Warsaw last month, the choice of venue was apt. Eastern Europe, with the notable exception of the Czech Republic where possession of some drugs was decriminalised in 2010, has some of Europe’s strictest drugs legislation. It also has some of the world’s worst drugs-related problems.
This article shows just how strict Eastern Europe is on their drug policies. They said you could up to eight years in prison for any amount of drug possesion, even the residue in a syringe it said. it also said that some drug users feared getting help for fear of criminal prosecution.
As a communications major i almost couldn't watch this video with its terrible quality, but it had a good point to it. many people with PTSD feel that marijuana helps them with it and that medical marijuana should be legal so they can deal with their PTSD.
While this is only a scene from a t.v. show, albeit a funny scene from a very funny show, this gives an accurate description of how people act when on drugs. People will freak out and begin to feel paranoid like Charlie does in this scene. They will begin to hallucinate and see people that are not actually there, they will in fact loose their mind.
In the early 1970s, the prison population in the United States was small and was steadily falling relative to the size of the population. Experts imagined that in a few decades, the prison system as we know it could be successfully dismantled, but that began to change after President Nixon began the War on Drugs in 1971, resulting in a huge influx of convicts.
Nick Flanagan's insight:
Interesting to see how much the crime rate in the United States has risen since the War on Drugs started. It does not say how much of the crime rate has risen because of drug related crimes, but I feel that there is no way this is just a coincidence. The statistics show a drasctic increase in crime rates since the War on Drugs had started.
Potentially dangerous drugs being used as bulking agent in cocaine could be a factor involved in the incidents involving three people being treated in Glasgow recently for Methaemoglobinaemia, according to Scottish Drugs Forum Director David Liddell.
Iteresting to see how a bulking agent could have such harmful risks. It's bad enough that the people were doing cocaine in the first place, but to add to the fact that it was probablly not purly cocaine they were using is a scary fact. It's also interesting to see how they were affected by it in Scottland, although I'm sure this happens in other countries as well. The fact that three people were diagnosed with methaemoglobinaemia is crazy. It just goes to show how dangerous and unfortunate using drugs, especially spiked drugs, can be.
A group of MPs widely described as 'influential' published a report yesterday in which they said, very clearly, that the government's policy on drugs was a catastrophic failure – and then said, very unclearly, what to do about it.
Via Luca Baptista
Nick Flanagan's insight:
While the author of this article seems very biased toward legalizing drugs, he did make some good and fair points. However he also made some points that i would have to disagree with. He said that drugs being illegal was the reason for crime in countires like Mexico, Afghanistan, and even in the Unites States. It seems likea good point except for the fact that I feel crime rates would be the same no matter if the drugs were legal or not. Even if drugs were legal in Mexico the cartels down there would still sell them illegaly and there would still be violence over drugs in those countries. He did mention that in Portugal the crime rates have dropped since some drugs started being legalized. He aslo said that it reduced the use of drugs and the spread of harmful diseases. I feel that the disease rate dropping is realted to drugs being legal. This way people will know have regulations on how to use themand will use the drugs properly. However i feel the use of drugs dropping may just be a coincidence.
Undoubtedly one of the best scenes in this T.V. Show ... Gustavo fring, the man capable of ending one call to the Mexican cartel clean hands. Man calmer and ...
Nick Flanagan's insight:
While this is only a scene from a fictional, yet very very good, T.V. show, this gives an accurate description of how Mexican drug cartels act toward each other. They are violent and only care about themselves. If you get in their way they will kill you without any hesitation.
A big problem with them is that sometimes the violence ends up spilling over into other countries. There are many cartel related crimes and deaths that happen along the border of mexico and the United States. So while yes this is a scene from a T.V Show it doesa good job of showing how Mexican drug cartels act toward each other.