The work here is very informative and educational, and can vary from subtitling videos related to one of the above issues, to editing English translations of texts, to researching drug policies in Latin America for a book on the subject, to creating awareness campaigns for World AIDS day.
For instance, Mexico and many Latin American countries are not viewed as drugs consumer countries, as the levels of use are much lower than in other regions. However, drugs have wreaked terrible horrors and led to thousands of deaths in them because these are transit countries, where drug traffickers cross the country and waves of destruction spread from their passage. The fighting between gangs for travel routes, the deeply set institutional corruption where politicians and police officers are in the pockets of traffickers, the kidnappings and extortions are all linked to the drugs problem. And yet, having said that, drugs are only one of a number of factors that engender these difficulties that Mexico and other countries have to contend with, and reformation of drugs policy could at the same time have unforeseen and deleterious consequences. So, evidently it’s an incredibly convoluted and delicate matter, and this overview barely brushes the surface of it.
Another indicator of the variety of problems posed by drug usage is how societal problems are caused by different drugs in different countries. For example, as I said before, Mexico and Latin American countries are not really viewed as consumer countries, but with regard to the drugs they do consume, it is not injection drugs that are problematic here as they are in several other countries. In fact, they are hardly used. Rather, the big problem drugs are crack and inhalents, especially among young teenagers in poor areas of the city.
Therefore, it seems that the best way of countering these problems is through an open acknowledgement that drugs are widely used and through tackling the situation that exists, rather than aiming for an ideal world where drug use has vanished, because really that is simply an impossibility. And I think one of the most important means of reducing the harm caused by drug use is through educating people on drugs in a completely impartial manner, what do the drugs do, what are their effects, what can go wrong, etc. At least, this would provide people with the huge advantage of actually knowing what can happen beforehand if they are going to use drugs, instead of relying on misinformation or lies provided by dealers or other drug users.
Anyway, I’ll have to head. I’ll try and leave less time before writing the next update. Best wishes to everyone at home.