The Terror of Drugs and Violence
For over seven decades the United States has experienced an increasing drug problem in it's larger cities. This growing drug problem has destroyed lives and spread violence throughout communities in North America. Violence has also become troublesome for government and city officials to police, and in most cities when the drug sales increase the violence does as well. Drugs and violence are two separate problems facing America, but they are both key contributors to crime, poverty, and deteriorating health in large cities.
The continuous increase in drugs and violence in America has caused crime to reach an all time high. The drug market is a competitive yet lucrative business that employs thousands of street dealers in the United States. The competition in the drug market becomes violent when street dealers begin to fight over territory for the sale of drugs. Street dealers sometimes travel in gangs for protection against other dealers and gangsters. Drug dealers are known for conducting business on street corners, but as police departments have improved their tactics in finding and arresting drug criminals, dealers have moved to dope houses referred to as “traps”. These dope houses are manned with four to five dealers at a time and may contain multiple guns along with a variety of drugs. Here drug users may come and purchase the drug of their choice and avoid being seen buying drugs by family and friends on a street corner.
In the competitive drug market robbery among drug dealers is a method used to weaken or eliminate the competition. These robberies among drug dealers often take place in housing communities and apartment complexes leaving innocent victims wounded or dead. In order to eradicate their competition guns, drugs, and money are taken in these robberies leaving the victim with no means of protection or way of making money. Substance abusers are also known to carry out robberies, but against innocent members of the community in order to purchase drugs. These types of robberies are common in large cities because most drug users do not work and seek other methods to obtain their drug.
Countless lives have been at risk as drug related shootings have spread across America destroying and causing fear among families. As drug gangs continue their violent fight for territory they leave behind a path of destruction and death from the relentless eruption of gunfire. Disputes and theft among individuals in the illegal drug market are two of the primary reasons behind shootings.
Prostitution is another means in which substance abusers obtain the funds to purchase illegal drugs. Prostitution is a dangerous lifestyle in which men and women solicit sex to strangers for money. One study estimated that nearly seven in ten prostitutes were drug addicts (Flowers, 2001). While demonstrating these type of behaviors they run the risk of being raped, murdered, or becoming infected with HIV.
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