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KEY FEATURES: Two opening chapters introduce readers to the theories and perspectives used by social scientists to study drugs and alcohol, and to the larger trends in legal and illegal use of controlled substances. Six chapters on alcohol provide comprehensive coverage of the most widely used and abused drug in America. Lively discussions of alcohol and drugs in American popular culture brings the topic to life and relatable. Two appendices contain case histories from the authors' field research of individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders.

The Business of Drug Use: Crime and Law Enforcement
Chapter 12 The business of drug use: Crime and law enforcement
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk
The Mexico–U.S. Drug Connection

There can be little doubt that the importation of illegal drugs into the United States from Mexico has been responsible for a considerable number of murders and other crimes for many years. These drugs include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana, which are smuggled daily across the southwest border of this country. This drug-smuggling operation is so successful because the border allows a large number of people and goods to legally cross each day. The southern border is barely secured and is 2,000 miles long. This allows drug trafficking organizations considerable opportunities to introduce drugs into the United ...

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