Moultrie Observer

Opinion

May 9, 2013

Supply and demand link drug users to murder and mayhem

MOULTRIE — A point we’ve made in this column on several occasions over the years is touched on today in the Rants and Raves offerings.

It has to do with the chain of events involved in the illicit drug trade.

Yes indeed, everyone involved shares a piece of the action and the blame.

If there is no market, then there is no trade. There are manufacturers, distributors and users in the illegal drug business.

Along the way, there are thefts that support habits. There is violence that enforces the trade. There are myriad costs to the public ranging from treatment for addiction to adjudication of the cases made.

A user of illegal drugs is connected to all of these elements. If someone is maimed or killed, then yes you have a connection by being the market. And as long as there is a market, there will be manufacturers and distributors, despite laws and efforts to enforce them.

The mass murder here in Moultrie (trial under way as we write this) is played out over and over in this country on a regular basis.

So if you are part of the market, give it some thought. You are a part of the mayhem associated with this social cancer.

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