Drug use and the distribution of illicit drugs can be directly related to the economy and financial states. As much of a “functionalist” point of view as this may appear, drug distribution does directly influence the economy. The presence of these drugs financially stimulates the economy by both their dealers and how the accumulated money is circulated. The effects of drug usage also require many preventive and reprimanding services which provide careers (such as drug enforcement officers) , another benefitting effect. Arkes (2011) also states in his article that drug distribution and drug... [+] Read more
A Seattle news website- Seattle Pi , reported a very innovative way in which law enforcement is going about the drug situation in the city’s central district. Instead of prosecuting the drug distributors they’ve zoned in on, they offered them a “last chance”. These suspects were informed that instead of criminal charges, they wouldn’t be charged at all if they just simply stopped their illegal activity. However, exceptions were made to this rule- those prosecuted with ties to violent or gang related activity were not allowed to partake in this deal. At the close of the article... [+] Read more
This article does a study of the percentage of illicit drug and alcohol consumption amongst a much targeted sample, Latin – American immigrants. One hundred and ninety individuals were studied and produced results that could be used to study their entire group as a whole; it showed alcohol consumption being very prominent in this society. My blogging topic concerns drug distribution and its effects on the economy, this article relates to it because it speaks of a certain collection of data amongst a select group that takes part in this drug use. As cocaine and illicit drug use is not notably... [+] Read more
In John Fitzgerald’s article “Illegal Drug Markets in Transitional Economies” (2005) the drug market is portrayed as a type of market economy- an economy based on capitalism and currency. In transitional economies- where their stability is questionable, this trade emerges almost as a culture. A subculture consisting of individuals who cannot or have no desire to achieve socially accepted norms and these “retreatists” are the supporting pillars of the drug demand. My response to this article is that, it places the presence of illegal drugs in another perspective, yet still supporting my... [+] Read more
This article was very captivating and I agree with you that we are the sole reason for our planet’s destruction. Also ending with “we must stop believing that it belongs to us, and to start believing that we belong to it” is meaningful and gives the reader a sort of hunger to read more on your topic. This topic was also interesting and varied from the others, keeping it interesting as well.
Although this may seem as a very “functionalist” point of view, drug dealers may not be all that terrible. They play a considerably large part in our society; perhaps not the drugs in their hands but the money they accumulate certainly branches out and trickles to other parts of our economy tree. Let’s say, our cocaine dealer just makes a big sale and has enough in cash to put a down payment on a brand new, fully loaded Range Rover. Our drug dealer then drives off- satisfied; and so is the car-salesman who claims this hefty commission. This car salesman could most possibly be... [+] Read more