Drugs and their abuse has been a significant world concern for quite a long period now. In the constitutions of different countries, drug addiction has been abolished because of its impacts on consumers and non-consumers. The key to this effect is that many things in the nation are affected by drug abuse, more so in the economy to begin with. In many nations, substance addiction has become a major issue and due to its addictive nature, drugs produce a lot of benefit from their investor. Since people would want to grow rich faster, their road to achieving their dreams is made much easier by the idea of venturing into drugs.
Howard Campbell’s Drug War Zone describes how drugs have affected many people’s lives in Mexico, causing many deaths and suffering. In Chihuahua, Texas, Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, thousands of deaths linked to drug abuse have been reported (Campbell 33). Juarez has gone as far as other cases have been said, thereby becoming Mexico’s other violent city when it comes to drugs and wars. The most popular are cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, as they are traded from the United States across the Mexican border to the inner cities of the country. Owing to greed and love for money, the book explains the entire trade and how people become enemies. The Mexican border is always chaotic due to the illegal business that goes around it. The Mexican government has done readjustment to its personnel to solve this inclusive of US officials but hasn’t achieved fully.
Howard Campbell digs into the anthropological examination at the Mexican border of drug trafficking and the measures taken by the government to counter these activities. He focuses majorly on Juarez’s people since it’s the most affected by the entire saga, and what goes on around this area. Campbell is the first writer to sign up the intense drug wars that have involved turning Mexico upside down. Howard Campbell intended to introduce the drug smuggling problem to the world and how it impacts individuals who cite Mexico as a prime example. For this reason, half of this book includes oral accounts from drug dealers and the rest from law enforcement officials. In collaboration with the officials in the anti-narcotics department, Campbell bases his analysis and explanations on drug cartel functions, frauds that make the drug smuggling business possible, and the methods of smugglers. The wars have become a culture in this area, making Campbell refer to the incidences as “Drug War Zone.”
In short, Howard Campbell focuses on corruption, government policies to sublimate the mechanism of smuggling, and the impact of smuggling on narcotics that he insists are the main cause of many deaths in Mexico. He explores the negative impacts of drug trafficking and why corruption plays a part in facilitating the process of smuggling. He also takes into account the participants who assist him in addressing the various drug trafficking questions. He also presents his views on drug abuse prohibition.
The book outlines the adverse effects of the medication to caution the reader to influence him or her to join in the war against drugs. The US government was forced to spring into action after several deaths were reported in Mexico by placing more agents to strengthen the law at the borders of Mexico and also funding the Mexican government to stop the smuggling industry and put more security forces in place to ensure the safety of innocent people (Campbell 132). Campbell opposes law enforcers and politicians for putting their self-interests forward when the lives of ordinary people are at risk. Corruption is cited as one of the variables behind the the company’s stable life. The people who play as the key makers of the company are people with important roles and powers in the country. For an extended time , the government has attempted to combat this company, drawing no water since the master mines are inside it. It is hard to fight something in a solo effort to have in mind that what is being fought against has more powers.
Campbell relates cartels with terrorists as the use of high technology in their business in which the returns are beneficial to them but harmful to citizens. Drug smuggling is using so many principles to its success. Money and power are the primary entities behind its existence for the extended period it has been in place. Deaths show how severe the whole saga is as every participant wants the most significant share, thus the battle of supremacy in the market.
Howard Campbell argues that the policies to stop drug peddling both in the US and Mexico are ineffective as more finance is being used, but the smuggling business does not cease (Campbell 174). Drugs keep on threatening the US and Mexico’s economy as funds are being used by citizens to buy these expensive commodities. Once put into use, one can not fight the demand. The government is spending a lot on the rehabilitation of its citizens. He also suggests that many deaths are not just the result of illegal drugs, but legal drugs have also played a role.
My views on this book are very important, especially for young people who are mostly targeted in this industry. A perfect example where the results of drugs are seen from both ends was cited by the author. Drugs impact people’s social lives; that’s why they result in conflicts. The book is realistic because it features some of Mexico’s most important traffickers, such as La Nacha, and how the group succeeded. The author talks about corruption by authorities who have the right to deal with cases of smuggling. Not just in Mexico, this is happening, but also in several countries that are witnessing this kind of illicit trade. In the fields that produce a lot of revenue, cases of corruption are famous. According to Campbell, the only way to eradicate smuggling is to acquire leaders who can be trusted. The law reinforcement department needs to have the right strategies for governing itself to ensure there are no conspiracy forms.
In conclusion, drug abuse is dangerous to every society, and it requires attention. Though drug trafficking generates a lot of income, it should be considered criminal and strict laws should be implemented to support this. Mexico being the leading country in the smuggling business, has cited an example of what drug peddling can do to a society. Other countries should learn from that experience. Drug trafficking has led to strains in many countries’ financial status, with the effects of drugs being felt by a large population. Drug users affect the people around them directly or indirectly. They influence their peers to increase the number of people who undergo rehabilitation or use family resources in an exploitive manner, making the other family member suffer. Drugs control the brain functions and might lead to violence, whether social or domestic and cause death in many families in Mexico. The book “Drag War Zone” is a great inspiration to a changing society. It should be highly endorsed.
- campbell, horward. drug war zone. texas: austin press, 2009. Print