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Science Cafe: Illegal Drug Markets

Posted Monday, June 14, 2010

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Science Cafe: Illegal Drug Markets The illegal drug trade is a part of American society that involves millions of people, all of whom are in it for their own reasons, and those reasons don't always center on addiction. Monday morning, host Dan Moulthrop and guests take up a scientific examination of the economy and the culture of illegal drug markets.

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Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

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Dr. Lee Hoffer Dept. of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Rhonda Williams Dept. of History, Case Western Reserve University
Derek Siegle, Director, Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Ohio 2009 Factsheet, Drug Enforcement Agency

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Jackie 9:30 AM 6/14/10

This topic is so close to my heart....it is my heart....my parents were addicts(alcohol), my entire family are addicts of one sort or another.
Particularly my niece became addicted to heroin.  A doting mother of 4 children.  She has a story that is both unbelievable and common. I would LOVE to hook her up with you. I personally am a marijuana addict.
By taking away the stigma of the “dealer” and the illegal aspect people would be more open to getting help, participating in STUDIES and being honest to their health care providers.
This is just a huge deal…

Thanks,
Jackie

Jackie 9:43 AM 6/14/10

The WAR ON DRUGS HAS BEEN A HUGE MISTAKE TO PUT IT MILDLY.  INCARCERATIONS, DEATHS....... 
ALSO:
DRUG ADDICTION IS AGREAT EQUALISER,
ALSO POVERTY IS A GREAT EQUALISER -

Ellen 9:46 AM 6/14/10

As a parent of college-aged children, I am concerned about the apparent increase in availability/use of heroin on college campuses. There were two recent heroin overdose deaths at a school in Portland, Oregon and the officials there said that the drug cartels see students in college as a ready market because of their economic status (middle class and upper middle class kids) and the willingness of some students to try something considered taboo. Is heroin use on the rise with young adults? Are the drug traffickers looking to move in to campuses for new customers? Or has heroin always been readily available for those who want it?

Jean 9:48 AM 6/14/10

The crack problem in Cleveland is huge.  It seems that the police are more interested in arresting the addicts than the “dope boys” hanging out on corners.  What is the logic in this?

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