Drug trafficking in the United States
The topic that was selected was Drug Trafficking in the United States. The reason this was chosen was because there are so many issues that surround this topic. These issues are growing more and more each year. Some of these issues are not enough border patrol to stop drugs from entering the U.S., more drugs each year are entering the U.S, drug related deaths are on the rise, and the funding to increase border patrol. There is a lot of information to research and argue about this topic. To limit this topic the plan is to choose a couple of the issues above. There is enough information to argue those points. The points to be argued are not enough border patrol, more drugs are entering the U.S. each year and drug related deaths in drug trafficking. The United States government must work to reduce drug trafficking by adding more border patrol. The nature of this problem is the government already spends billions each year trying to keep the drugs from entering the United States. Due to the increase in drugs entering and drug related deaths, they need to increase the amount of officials they have patrolling the borders. It would be more productive, yet more costly. By increasing border patrol it will reduce the drugs into the U.S. and reduce drug related deaths. There are a lot of Government websites and articles in the school library on this topic to reference while researching this issue. Scholarly journals, reference books and some news media articles are going to be the best types of sources to use on my research of drug trafficking. Finding these in our library, google scholar and internet have been the best sources to find this information.
The U.S Government Homeland security says border patrol is better staffed now than it was 86 years ago when they first started patrolling the border. In 2010 they got additional funding to add another 1,000 patrol. They now have over 20,000 agents. The United States...
References: Bright, B. (2010) Congressman Bright Supports Additional Funding for Border Security: Rep. Bobby Bright (D-AL) News Release. (2010, August). Congressional Documents and Publications, Retrieved July 23, 2012, from Research Library. (Document ID: 2289430681).
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Shah, N., Lathrop, S., Reichard, R., & Landen, M. (2008). Unintentional drug overdose death trends in New Mexico, USA, 1990-2005: combinations of heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and alcohol. Addiction, 103(1), 126-136. Retrieved from Research Library.
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