Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaineCocaine is one of the most popular drugs in the world, despite it being the most expensive. It is a global, multibillion-dollar enterprise encompassing people of all ages and socio-economic status. While dealers will tell you anything to make a sale, the truth is that even they are nothing but dogs being fed microscopic crumbs. Those who really benefit from cocaine sales are playing an entirely different game, with a great deal more victims.

The Cocaine Industry

Most of the world’s cocaine is produced in the mountains of South America. Though efforts of the War on Drugs have caused a massive reduction in the amount of cocaine being shipped out of Colombia, this does not mean that cocaine sales have decreased. On the contrary–they continue to soar as South America experiences the balloon effect, a phenomena in which drug crack-down in one area results in a ballooning somewhere else. Manufacturers do not actually stop, they merely go elsewhere. As a result, countries like Peru and Bolivia have become major cocaine distributors as drug gurus buy up land and build private airstrips.

The pipeline to Europe has been a tricky one until recently, when drug cartels discovered the tiny, forgotten nation of Guinea-Busseau.

Like Moving Into an Empty House: Guinea-Bussau

Nestled on the beautiful coastline of west Africa, the small nation of Guinea-Bussau happens to be one of the poorest in the world. Decades of civil war, a cruel dictatorship, and brutal uprisings have left the streets cracked and the people broken. The country is the fifth poorest in the world.

In the authoritarian, parasitic manner that is typical of drug dealers, South American cartels set up shop in Guinea-Bussau a few years ago. Flying in to the country, you can see their luxury cars parked outside sprawling mansions protected by armed guards. It is estimated that there are as many as sixty Colombian drug traffickers in Guinea-Bussau.

Their business goes entirely unchecked, as jails are nonexistent and the police force is next to nothing. Shipments come in via plane or boat, and they flaunt their activity like they flaunt their wealth. Even the country’s armed forces and some politicians are believed to be deeply involved.

To top it all off, the country is now ravaged by drug addiction among its own people. Foot soldiers get paid in merchandise, and leftover product is sold within the country. The only form of rehabilitation in the country is a local man named Bubacar Gano, proudly known as “the first man to smoke pedra” (the local name for cocaine). Many locals do not even know that their troubles are the result of cocaine, as they believe their hallucinations come from evil spirits.

The drug trade out of Guinea-Bussau sends an estimated one ton of pure cocaine out of the country every day, most of it to Europe.

Work to Do

While the United Nations is hard at work to raise money for a new jail, improved security services and an increase in the local police force in Guinea-Bussau, this is not a long-term solution. If we truly are to learn from history, we must examine the War on Drugs’ attempts at law enforcement in the past. While it wears the colors of success, in actual fact, the International drug trade continues to outshine its attempts as it resurfaces in other areas.

Based on the laws of supply and demand, imagine what would happen if there were no longer any need for drugs like cocaine? As impossible as it seems, it is being achieved every day through drug education and rehabilitation.