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Drug trafficking; a regional menace

May 12,2018 - Last updated at May 12,2018

Reports of repeated seizures of narcotics by the border guards often go unnoticed although their frequency is on the rise.

There is hardly a week that passes by without hearing reports about a new wave of confiscation of such dangerous products crossing our borders. Other neighbouring countries are experiencing the same or worse cases of narcotics smuggling. The problem has become a regional crisis, yet it goes on nearly unnoticed.

True, the press reports a illegal crossing of drugs, but that is about all. The reason, or rather the reasons, for the rise of this phenomenon is complex but it has a lot to do with the war conditions in many parts of the region, lack of security, absence of stability, an increase in poverty and unemployment, and the absence of a secure and healthy lifestyles for big numbers of the populations of the region.

To be sure, there is a growing demand for these illegal substances due to the absence of a sense of normalcy in the area. This crisis cannot go on with minimum attention being paid to it. Countries of the region must get together in an urgent meeting to address this growing menace to people's health and well-being. This is not to mention the high toll they take on national economies.

In other words, it is no longer just a Jordanian or Syrian or Iraqi problem, but a regional problem since narcotics and contrabands do not recognise boundaries. This crisis requires a more regional attention with a view to combat it. Otherwise, the problem can only get worse.

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THANKS TO JORDAN TIMES FOR BRINGING UP THIS GROWING EPIDEMIC TO GENERAL ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC BECAUSE IT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH HAZZARD THAT IF NOT CHECKED CAN EXPLODE AND CONSUME THE REGION. THIS ISSUE IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE
ECONOMIC SITUATION IN JORDAN. JORDAN TIMES HAS MADE IT EASY FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL JORDANIANS TO UNDERSTAND
THE POTENTIAL CAUSES OF THIS EPIDEMIC AND NOW WE MUST ALL WORK TO FIND A SOLUTION TO IT AT LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEVELS. HERE ARE MY SUGGESTIONS:
1) THE REGION MUST STOP ALL THESE WARS BY SAYING NO TO WAR MONGERS.
2) PUBLIC HEALTH MUST BE INTEGRATED INTO THE SCHOOLS FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY AND UNIVERSITY LEVELS.
3) CONDUCT A WELL CONTROLLED STUDIES TO IDENTIFY THE SOURCES OF THESE POISONOUS PRODUCTS
4) ALL THE BARS AND SMOKE SHOPS SHOULD START RANDOM CHECKS AND SURVEYS TO SEE IF ANY TANGENTIAL CONNECTIONS
5) THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD WORK HARDER TO FIND SOME FORM OF SOLUTIONS TO THE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
6) WHEN COUGHT, ANY OF THESE BANDITS SHOULD BE OFFERED CREDITS IF THEY TURN IN ALL THEIR GANG NETWORK
7) PARENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD GET ENVOLVED IN THIS WAR ON DRUGS BY SHOWING EXAMPLE
8) ALL THOSE CONVICTED SHOULD SPEND THEIR TIME IN COMMUNITY WORK PROGRAM FROM STREET CLEANING TO PUBLIC LECTURE
9) WE CAN NOT SEE ANY SUCCESS WHEN WE ENCOURAGE ADDICTIVE TOBACCO USE WHICH OFTEN COULD LEAD TO SLIPPREY SLOPE
10) CREATE A PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR DRUG USE AND ADDICTIONS.
WHEN THE SITUATION HAS ENTERED INTO THIS NEW STAGE OF SHOOTING AND KILLING PHARMACISTS BECAUSE OF DRUGS, THIS SHOULD BE REGARDED AS THE LEATHAL PHASE OF DRUG ADDICTION WHICH IS DANGEROUS AND UNFORTUNATELY HAS ARRIVED IN
JORDAN AND THE ENTIRE REGION. ALL THE LEADERS IN THAT REGION SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN A USELESS USE OF FORCE THAT HAS NOT WORKED IN ANY NATION AS A MEANS OR TOOL IN DRUG ADDICTION. IN SOME COUNTRIES, OFFENDERS HAS BEEN HANGED, KILLED BY FIRING SQUADS AND THE LEAST OF THE METHODS GOES ON BUT NONE HAS PROVEN TO WORK. IN THE USA, WE STARTED THIS WAR BY USING THE SLOGAN OF " SAY NO TO DRUGS " TO WAR ON DRUGS AND LIFE IN JAIL AND TODAY WE SAW WHAT RESULTS IT BROUGHT TO US WHICH IS THE EPIDEMEC OF DEATHS SECONDARY TO TOXIC OVER DOSE. TODAY WE HAVE LEARND A LEASON FROM THAT AND STARTED A NEW PROGRAM THAT SEE DRUG USE AS A PATHOLOGY JUST AS ANY OTHER FOR OF SICKNESS SO I DO ADVICE THE JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT TO ALSO ENCOURAGE ESTABLISHING DRUG DETOXIFICATION CLINICS.

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