Drugs Have Influenced Daily Life And Society

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Drugs have influenced daily life and society since the day of their discovery centuries ago. Their impact ranges from medical to industrial, to recreational to political, and to criminal. Drugs can not only influence the individual, but even cities or countries as whole. A prime example of the power of drugs is the establishment and occupation of the drug cartels in Mexico. Not only have the effects of these cartels infamously changed Mexico, but they have traveled to the United States (US), and change continues to be exchanged between the two. The following report attempts to answer the question, what are the Mexican drug cartels, and how are the United States and Mexico effected by them? A brief history and introduction of Mexican drug cartels will be presented first, then the impacts of cartels on Mexico and the United States will be discussed, and finally sociological implications and solutions will be proposed in response to the research discovered. Before introducing the research, several key terms need to be defined in order to understand the concepts and arguments being presented in the report. Drug trafficking can be defined as knowingly being in possession, manufacturing, selling, purchasing, or delivering an illegal, controlled substance (LaMance, 2016). Drug cartels can be defined as large, highly sophisticated organizations composed of multiple DTOs and cells with specific assignments such as drug transportation, security/enforcement, or money laundering (US Department of Justice Archives, 2009). Thus, drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are complex organizations with highly defined command-and-control structures that produce, transport, and/or distribute large quantities of one or more illicit drugs (US Departmen... ... middle of paper ... ...imilar experiences and problems when it comes to drug cartel violence and influence. Nuevo Laredo has become the most popular border crossing to the US in terms of logistics, infrastructure, human capital, and intensive use of telecommunications and information technologies, and 39% of just international trade is mobilized here (Navarro & Vivas, 2012). Juárez, for example, borders the American city El Paso in Texas and is the most violent city in Mexico, and this is due to the Juárez cartel (Corchado, 2009). The cities of Juárez, Nuevo Laredo, and those in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas all experience mass quantities of emigration as well as the amount of orphans. These are issues that impact the residents of these cities, and residents and politicians have said that what they want the most is a peace pact between the cartels and the drug cartels (Corchado, 2009).
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