In a major drug bust, U.S. Border Patrol agents on July 8, 2018, seized two backpacks filled with nearly 44 pounds of methamphetamine worth $210,892 near Rio Grande River. According to a U.S. Customs and Border Police’s news release, packages of the drugs were wrapped in cellophane and black tape. The agents assigned to the Del Rio Station also arrested a smuggler during the seizure.
“This type of drug is highly profitable for the drug trafficking organizations and they constantly seek to bring it in our country. Thanks to the vigilance and the rapid response of our agents, this drug shipment will not jeopardize American families,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez, praising the success of the agents in preventing the harmful drugs from reaching the communities.
Federal agencies are leaving no stone unturned to check attempts of Mexican drug traffickers to smuggle illicit substances into the country’s territory. In May 2018, CBP agents had seized methamphetamine worth an estimated $373,000 at the Falfurrias checkpoint. The agents found four bundles of methamphetamine weighing more than 11 pounds. The illicit drugs were hidden inside a Chevrolet Cruze.
Drug menace in US
Although these cases hint at the increase in vigilance and abilities of the federal agencies and police in tracking the illicit trade of drugs, it also highlights the rise in market of addictive drugs in the country. According to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), on an average, there was one drug arrest in every 20 seconds in the U.S. in 2016. It shows that more and more people are falling prey to drug addiction in the country. The widespread drug addiction is not only causing personal harms to the users but also affecting the country’s economy to a great extent. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), drugs cost the community in excess of $18 billion annually due to the impact on health and productivity.
Seeking help for drug addiction
According to experts, the fear of arrest keeps many people away from seeking proper medical help. Despite the awareness and education imparted to help people understand the harmful effects of drug abuse, many continue to view addiction as a taboo. This further gives rise to myths, discrimination, and condemnation that discourage people from seeking professional help to recover from their drug addiction.
Medically, drug addiction is a disease that can be diagnosed and treated with proper medical intervention. However, due to the preconceived notions, people are afraid of exploring the facilities and taking steps to reach out to the nearest drug addiction center.
Abuse of illegal as well as prescription drugs is one of the most serious public health problems afflicting Americans in recent times. There is an urgent need to encourage those grappling with drug addiction to seek professional help. It’s important to understand that individuals are not born to use drugs, rather they are trapped in addiction, impairing their ability to exercise self-control. If you or a loved one is battling addiction and looking for a treatment center, contact the 24/7 Recovery Helpline. Call at our 24-hour drug helpline number 855-441-4405 and our experts can assist you with your queries. You can even use our drug rehab help services to chat online with one of our representatives for immediate assistance.