Name: Eduardo pena
From: El Paso, Texas
A bewildered society
A bewildered Society
The United States has had a difficult time battling addiction for centuries now, but if we delve deep into this concern, we will discover that there is more to it than pointing fingers at one another in blame. I will inform you on the massive lucrative businesses driving and thriving on addiction for financial gain as well as other contributing factors; WE ARE ONLY SCRATCHING THE SURFACE.
We can go on and on about the consistent cycle of opinions heard throughout the media, “essays” , forums on addicts, , social status, span of attention, and etc.; but beneath the still water lies a monster (like the Rio Grande River).We must cut this monsters legs from the root, that is the only way to ever see any type of improvement in this loosing battle. My objective is to provide enough information so we can visualize the bigger picture that is affecting our society as a whole rather than biting here and there and just hope for the best. It is a never-ending cycle of unanswered questions and we must refuse to just “hope” for the best. It is now that we must capitalize on awareness and help educate our young ones which I have very high hopes for to help raise awareness and contribute educationally as a positive soul in our society.
I will break down the three major factors that contribute to this nightmare of a plague and they are as follows.
The drug enhancement/ and why the rise in addiction
Corruption in the border states
The Legal battles
I was born in the border city of McAllen, Texas (Reynosa Tamaulipas) where I spent 18 years of my life and 5 years in the El Paso, Texas (Juarez Chihuahua) border. I have met quite the characters as well as have seen first hand the consequences of addiction on both sides of the border. One of the main reasons for the increase in addiction based on my experience with addicts and the drug Cartels is the switch from the Amapola plants (poppy seeds for research purposes) to fentanyl. Fentanyl is used to manufacture heroine and crystal which are two of the most addictive drugs in the United states and the cause of many deaths. Fentanyl replaced the use of Amapola plants and can be made at home unlike the poppy seeds which have to be transported from other countries! Imagine how many middle men the Cartel has cut with this switch saving time and money! Fentanyl is 10 times more addictive and powerful causing the user to hallucinate. This is the reason for the major spike in methamphetamine in the recent years. We must create an international task force to battle these suppliers and manufactures of fentanyl with the help of our citizens, lets create a forum, a hidden anonymous webpage in each community! Something! for crying out loud! Let’s start this movement! TOGETHER WE CAN it will be called and it is my dream.
The corruption in the border states is exercised in the open, in front of our eyes yet we are expected to do nothing? Numerous times have i crossed the border and have seen how easy manipulated the CBPs (border patrol agents) can be. Many times, they are so understaffed and overwhelmed with the workload that they rather give a blind eye to suspicious vehicles just to get through the day out in the heat. I once saw how a CPB was so angry at something that he would wave people by as if they had him working on his day off. This is how we fix this: Give the CBPs a higher wage and better benefits so that they are proud and happy about what they do (they protect this country after all). Adjust the qualification standard just a little lower so that more citizens apply as border patrol agents and then maybe we will not be so understaffed. I’m sure they can go off background checks after all, the border patrol agents are trained to sniff out lies or bad intentions, right?
Last but not least of course, our Legal System in the United States; the biggest monster of them all! While i respect our legal system I can identify many errors within it. Here is a fun fact: the American prison system is massive. So massive that its estimated turnover of $74 billion each ear according to smartasset.com. It is imperative for these prisons to keep citizens incarcerated for their financial benefit! According to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm) addiction deaths have never been higher and continue to rise each year! Why? Because the legal system rather than provide the young addicts (under 20) rehabilitation help, they incarcerate them for their own financial gain. Do we all remember the Cyntoia Brown story and how she was incarcerated at age 16 and tried as an adult in Tennessee in 2006?! What does this tell us? The justice system was finally improved for our children a few years AFTER 2006! For centuries, our young ones were punished rather than guiding and helping them through the toughest time in their life! It is very sad to see so many lost souls that could have been helped! Our legal system failed our society! What are the consequences? Decades of addiction growing each year to unprecedented numbers now in 2020, as expected. What will be your contribution towards our future? We need more lawyers to uphold and help the law by recreating or improving laws and that is how we fix this. Education/ GET INFORMED! START THE MOVEMENT!