How proximity to Mexico contributing to Texan drug crisis
While the drug epidemic has spread across the United States, its presence in felt more in the states bordering Mexico, particularly Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of drug overdose deaths in Texas for the 12-month ending January 2016 was 2,593, which increased to 2,799 a year later. Overall, the number of overdosing mortalities all across America jumped to 64,070 in a year at the end of January 2017 from 52,898 in the previous year, a sharp increase of 21 percent.
Texas is one of the biggest states in America, second only to Alaska in terms of land mass, and has a population nearly equal to that of California. It’s proximity to Mexico has made it the breeding ground for the Mexican and Columbian drug cartels, smuggling drugs into the state. The Texas-Mexico border is 1,254 miles long and is under surveillance all year long. In spite of border controls, drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) are extensively using this route to smuggle illicit drugs into the U.S.
At the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest land border crossing in the world, innumerable attempts have been made by the dealers to bring drugs across the border. According to Sidney Aki, Customs and Border Protection Director of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, “We’re looking at everyone. We’re looking at illegal narcotics, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, all entering the borders.”
Common drugs abused in Texas
Because of its geographic location, Texas is at the center of the drug trade. It receives a steady supply of illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamine from across the border. According to the custom officials, the current trend is that of meth and heroin trafficking. However, the traffickers have come up with ingenious ways to hide drugs such as making smaller packets, which makes it increasingly difficult for custom agents to find the drugs. Some of the most commonly abused drugs in the state are:
Cocaine: Cocaine can be snorted, injected or laced with a more potent drug such as fentanyl. Another form of cocaine commonly used is crack cocaine. Crack cocaine provides a short yet extremely intense feeling of euphoria. Most of the haul of cocaine in Texas comes from the Mexico and Columbia, which is the predominant producer of coca.
Heroin: Heroin is one of the most potent opioids available. It is formed from opium poppy which is grown chiefly in Afghanistan and Mexico. Prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are at the root of heroin addiction. Many times, people who have been prescribed painkillers get addicted to them. The inability to get the drug of choice because of restrictions results in people trying other drugs like heroin.
Methamphetamine: One of the most common drugs in the party circuit is methamphetamine. It also goes by the name crystal meth and ice. Besides addiction and mental health deterioration, methamphetamine abuse is associated with another health concern, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV. A decade ago, meth was manufactured from ephedrine and other cold medicines. Currently, the core ingredient of meth is phenyl-2-propanone (P2P). Methamphetamine made from P2P is more potent than the one made with cough medicines and is more likely to cause dependency.
Prescription drug abuse: Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in Texas are – Adderall, Xanax, Methadone, Vicodin, Valium and Suboxone. There are others as well, which are not permitted for human consumption, but are readily available across the border as over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These are known as ‘trial’ drugs.
Freeing yourself from the bondage of drugs
As much as the common masses need to be aware of the dangers of prescription drug misuse, health care officials need to prescribe doses judiciously and monitor patients’ recovery closely. Freeing oneself from drugs is not easy, and the risks of remission are high, but it is certainly worthwhile as it results in a better and more productive lifestyle.
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