Drug, gangs and violence

by p-o.gendron on October 18, 2013 - 9:44am

  In the article “Central America drug gang violence at ‘alarming level’ ” it reveals that Central America is stuck with a huge problem; drug. Since a couple a years, there is a significant increase in drug-related violence and in criminal activities.  Central America is now a transit land where drug dealers establish their gang to produce and sell drugs.  Why? Because North America is the biggest market for the drug industry and that countries in Central America have less severe laws against drug lords and drug production. There are now more than 900 different gangs related to drug and criminal activities. These both factors combined together resulted that Guatemala and Honduras have now the world’s highest murder rate. The International Narcotics Control Board refers this situation as “alarming” and says that it reached “unprecedented levels”.

  This is a harsh situation for countries in Central America, because drug lords have takeover the authority in place and there is now a lot more corruption then before.  It is sad, because more and more young child are now involve in drug traffic and their hope for a better life is now very low. Also, the government have a hard time dealing with that problem because they don’t have the resources and the money necessary to fight against this plague.  So, if Central America governments don’t get together and with a little of help by the United States and Canada, this fight against drug crisis  will last for long and will become even more problematic.

Comments

Hey, I've read your summary and I completely agree with it. I think that drug wars in Mexico and central America is a major problem of the world. I find sad that many young people of those countries are stuck in the gangs. Maybe the conditions in these countries do not favor everybody. I think governments of these countries should offer more social help to youth to prevent them to enter into gangs. This will maybe help the country having better development and more security. They can also seek help from other countries.
Thank you.

I like this post because I was currently just learning about drug lords and children who are involved in drug trafficking. It’s sad to see these young kids being taken away from their families and pushed into this world. These children are getting their innocence taking away from them. Most of these kids don’t have a choice in this situation. Drugs are huge problem worldwide. I feel like the government could do more to protect the kids and the people. Also I feel like the police force should take on a bigger role on helping to take down the gangs and gang related violence. If this situation is so “alarming” as the International Narcotics National Control board says, they should be doing more to fix the problem and lower the rates and crimes. It’s so easy to be pressured into this lifestyle. The government could easily help more than they already are. I agree that this problem will not go away any time soon. More people will become involved in gangs and start getting into different drugs. The idea of a better life pushes people to sell these drugs in return. It will become more of an epidemic as time goes on. Do you think there’s any programs for gang violence or drug related violence being put in the works? Could there be more done to help this world wide issue?

I am a criminal justice major and one of the things we talked about in class is the change in crime. Over the past 10 or so years the rate of violent crime has decreased in the United States but the rate of drug related offenses and drug related violent crimes has increased. The “war on drugs” in the U.S. has been a complete failure. In your post you mention that the U.S. is the biggest market for drug industry. I also found this to be true from classes I have taken. I agree with you that the best course of action to combat the drug problem in both Central and North America is for all of the countries to work together and first focus on stopping the transportation of illegal substances across international borders.

I agree with this post in many ways. When I was a younger child I lived in the shadier parts of Toledo, OH. I remember seeing many things that were sketchy, and it was obvious that these people must have had many issues within their homes, or lives to result to this kind of lifestyle. But when I was older we moved to upstate New York. Where the atmosphere, culture, and issues were much different. I can’t imagine having to sell drugs, and enter a gang, coming from living in a small town for so long.
However a few years ago my family and I went on vacation to Mexico. There we saw extreme poverty, many drugs, and men with guns protecting things. Everybody knows that the issue with Mexico and drugs is always heavily under scrutiny. The issue in Central America is similar, so I found this post very interesting. It is sad to think that kids are involved in things such as this. It makes me think about my own life and thing about how much I take for granted.

This article is a great summary of the unfortunate reality of the increasing use of drugs. I did not realize that in Central America the problem was so bad! It is quite sad that drugs affect the lives of so many people. In my family, I was raised away from drugs. My mom and my dad never used drugs, and because I grew up in a more privileged part of town, I was never exposed to drugs, and the affects drugs have on people. As I got older, I met more and more people who used drugs, and each time I would wonder why. I never got the reason people need to use drugs to make them feel better. I have never used a drug in my life, and my life so far has been pretty good. I feel as though drugs complicate life. When people live a complicated life, this leaves little time for everything else.
The situation in Central America breaks my heart. To think that young children are now involved in things such as trafficking is a devastation. I agree that the United States and Canada should step in. If the problem gets much worse there is the possibility of the problem spreading here. I also think it would be a good idea for the governments here to give tips to their government to help stop this problem, and get Central America back to a safe place. If this does not happen, then I am scared of what could happen. Thank you for drawing attention to a situation that needs help like this. I hope that this situation will soon change!

This article is a great summary of the unfortunate reality of the increasing use of drugs. I did not realize that in Central America the problem was so bad! It is quite sad that drugs affect the lives of so many people. In my family, I was raised away from drugs. My mom and my dad never used drugs, and because I grew up in a more privileged part of town, I was never exposed to drugs, and the affects drugs have on people. As I got older, I met more and more people who used drugs, and each time I would wonder why. I never got the reason people need to use drugs to make them feel better. I have never used a drug in my life, and my life so far has been pretty good. I feel as though drugs complicate life. When people live a complicated life, this leaves little time for everything else.
The situation in Central America breaks my heart. To think that young children are now involved in things such as trafficking is a devastation. I agree that the United States and Canada should step in. If the problem gets much worse there is the possibility of the problem spreading here. I also think it would be a good idea for the governments here to give tips to their government to help stop this problem, and get Central America back to a safe place. If this does not happen, then I am scared of what could happen. Thank you for drawing attention to a situation that needs help like this. I hope that this situation will soon change!

The information you used is very frightening but good use of it! I understand that it may be helpful if surrounding areas try and help to fight the crisis but it may be useful to simply enforce harsher laws and increase police activity in the stronger parts of the drug infested areas. Additionally, awareness of these drug related criminal activities and violence should be exposed around the world, especially the United States to prevent more instances like this from happening in our communities and others. Yes, there are many laws restricting drugs in the United States that will lead to violence but people will still continue to break them. Maybe you could look into the most affective ways people use to avoid drugs and violence from happening in their communities.

I completely agree with you. The situation of heavy drugs all over Central America is really harsh. The fact that there are now 900 different gangs related to drug and criminal activities in these countries is insane! With drugs come a lot of violence and corruption. What’s even sadder is like you said, more and more children are becoming involved in drug related activities and this is only making chances of a better life for them lower. It would be great if the government in these countries could enforce greater laws against drugs and gang activity but they can’t due to the lack of resources and money to fight against this plague. I say that Central American governments tie in together with the help of the United States to come up with a way on how to fight off this huge drug crisis before it becomes too big and takes over. Countries also need to work on stopping the transportation of illegal substances across international borders in the first place. Living in a country full of drug dealers is never safe and something should be done to put a stop to this very soon.

This is a scary truth. To hear this is scary for the countries in Central America, with corruption and gangs having such control doesn't help the situation. It is also scary that these gangs drag kids into their organizations and use them because how is someone supposed to kill a kid? And these gangs take a lot of the money away from the area and make people scared to go to these area's so it hurts the economy. It is sad to see this because it hurts so many people and not only the drug dealers but also the clients.

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