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Why Do Teens Deal Drugs?

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 - 5:56 pm

Humorous Introduction?

The question sounds simple enough, "Why do teens deal drugs?"  Well, one answer is obvious, it's a job where they can make a lot of money!  Or how about this one, "adults took jobs traditionally held by teens and this is one way to get even."  Hm… sounds humorous on the face of it. But kids or teens dealing drugs is a serious issue and nearly entirely due to Drug Prohibition. 

As a kid I delivered newspapers and baby-sat.  When was the last time you saw a kid deliver a newspaper?  Not long after I stopped and moved on to other jobs, adults in cars started delivering newspapers, without anywhere near the care us kids used.

Will the Real Reason Please Stand Up

One of the reasons teens deal drugs is because adults use them as proxies.  If an adult is caught dealing drugs, whoa, big deal, lots of trouble and lots of prison time, and that's just the beginning.  Chances are the government will make accusations that lots of property was paid for using drug profits, and they will take it away.

So this clearly points to the obvious solution: use kids to deal drugs.  If a kid is caught, what happens?  It depends of course, but sometimes the cops just take the drugs away and send the kid on his/her way.  But even if the kid who is caught is pushed through the system and has the book thrown at him/her, punishments tend to be less than what adults receive. 

Another reason teens are accused of dealing drugs is they were entrapped by the government.

Another reason teens are accused of dealing drugs is they were entrapped by someone else being used by the government to avoid a larger threatened punishment.

And generally the first reason for teen involvement in drugs are misguided people, journalists, others, and the resulting programs. Please see Ch.44 which illustrates this very well.

Some of the biggest causes of concern for kids dealing drugs are:

  1. Drugs dealing/running/etc… in the hands of kids.
  2. Prohibition was & is the cause of enormous growth in teen involvement.
  3. Ask yourself this, who is another teen more likely to try drugs from?  A stranger adult who tries to interest them or another teenager who is most likely flush with cash, dressed in the most expensive and cool clothes, and looked up to among the other teens?
  4. Prohibitionists have returned to creating a toxic environment in schools.

And the Solution Is…

Clearly the only obvious solution is to legalize and regulate drugs.  

Calling illegal drugs “Controlled Substances” is like something from George Orwell’s 1984.  As long as they are illegal who controls them?  Drug dealers, drug cartels, and the kids they use to deal them!  Once we legalize and regulate drugs, we regain control of them.  But as long as they stay illegal we do not!

Comments

No one in thier right mind would use a kid as a mule. Kids will sing like birds when caught.

Here's the real reason kids are selling drugs. Because a kid just a year older sold it to them. It's a trickle down phenomenon. We like to imagine the 40 year old drug feind selling to a 10 year old but more likely they sell to those closer to their own age. Eventually as they continue in turn dealing down a couple years younger it ends up with kids. a 21 year old sells to a 19 year old who sells to a 17 year old who sells to a 16 who sells to a 15.

Sure there are creeps, but many people don't like to sell to kids. They sell to friends. Drug sales at the lowest level is a social network.

The subject line is supposed to be a play-on-words using the famous line, "your epidermis is showing." :-)

Kids were used as mules during alcohol prohibition! Kids are used as mules, lookouts, etc… today.

I think the main issue at play is the person's upbringing with regard to attitude towards cops and others in law enforcement. Without a doubt there are many places in our country where there is enormous hatred of anything resembling authority figures from the government. There is no way that teen will turn on his gang members, family members, relatives, etc… and sing like a bird. No doubt they are very well versed in all the lines to use; like a political candidate, I bet they are given dry runs on what to say if and when they're caught.

And, no doubt it is considered a badge of honor, courage, and cleverness, to either come up with a good story or take the fall for your friends. Don't forget that Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

However, due to prohibition the drug trade has exploded, so no doubt one can find a diverse spectrum of situations.

However, this essay could stand a bit of updating. Personally I'd like to not cast dispersions on the first reason I give: money! Certainly there's the potential to earn enormous sums.

And gangs are a subset of those with an overly active marketing drive.

And, no doubt it is considered a badge of honor, courage, and cleverness, to either come up with a good story or take the fall for your friends. Don't forget that Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

What I mean by this is, often one's "gang" is really just attempts at trying to find love and acceptance, as well as show it off; often through loyalty, loyalty to the point of pain. And sometimes unfortunately by showing gross lack of respect to others. :-(

I am not trying to say gangs always act out the love of Jesus. :-)

But I am saying I am sure there have been more than a few gang members who have died while innocent, yet not innocently; but by Thug Addicts of one sort or another.

Sayings Bonus

There IS NOT more honor among thieves. There is LESS honor among "thieves."

I am saying the saying "there is honor among thieves" is WRONG. Just to clarify things. :-)

Let's take another look at this. I will look at it two ways.

1. With prohibition in place.
2. Without prohibition, but with a system of legalization and regulation.

Just to refresh people's memories…
It has been said…
Here's the real reason kids are selling drugs. Because a kid just a year older sold it to them. It's a trickle-down phenomenon. We like to imagine the 40 year old drug feind selling to a 10 year old but more likely they sell to those closer to their own age. Eventually as they continue in turn dealing down a couple years younger it ends up with kids. a 21 year old sells to a 19 year old who sells to a 17 year old who sells to a 16 who sells to a 15.

1. With prohibition in place

  1. Privacy is guarded as much as possible.
  2. Records are NOT kept to track sales.
  3. Since it's all in the black market it has happened for at least 100 years.
  4. As you have written, many who are older give drugs to those who are younger.
  5. But I would note that there are many ways and many relationships which cause drugs to go from the older to the younger, not just the "social" one you mention.
  6. Each year the black market grows; as do the arrest numbers; as does the incarcerated population; as does the money to fight it…
  7. "Fight, fight, fight! Fight, fight, fight! The Itchy & Scratchy Show!" Thug Addicts love blood and adrenaline. So too do many Men (and Women) of Lawlessness.
  8. The public watches a huge spin-operation by those in power: politics, purses.
  9. "Nurse your anger! Burn with fury!" the Holier-Than-Thou-Congregation and High Priests of Assigning Permanent Shame shout.
  10. "Everyone will become a druggie, overdose, and die in vomit in the streets!" proclaim the False Prophets of Prohibition
  11. And on and on, saying we've ended the war, yet feeding the Drug War Tree & Fruit even more dollars to burn up on the altar of idols.
  12. Until they sleep, perhaps never to arise again.

2. Without Prohibition — With Legalization and Regulation

  1. Privacy is guarded as much as possible.
  2. Vendors, distributors, etc… keep records of sales and shipments. They can be held liable for selling to other unlicensed companies.
  3. Records are kept which track sales to groups and individuals. Sales do's and don'ts are regulated by an oversight body.
  4. If a kid is found with drugs just ask him or her where he or she got them from.
  5. At this point I'd say the kids you are thinking of, will "roll" and you can investigate further.
  6. If the teenager (noticed how I didn't use "kid," "kid" should be used for 3rd grade and younger. IMO) does not say where he got them from, that provides a clue too.
  7. The fact remains, where the "leakage" from the system occurs, is MUCH easier to investigate in a legalized environment.
  8. While there are, no doubt, dubious people who are engaged in the drug trade, I feel positive there are many more who would willingly go through a licensing process so they are allowed to sell directly to customers and organizations.

1. In to the dark. Prohibition (by definition) GUARANTEES 100% leakage to the black market. End-to-end, source to customer. Overdose deaths, otherwise avoidable. Loose lips sinks ships, so Dead-men tell no tales. Gang graffiti. Violent turf protection. Intrigue. Blackmail. Monumentally gargantuanly huge profits. Govt. corruption.

2. In to the light. Legalization & Regulation allow us to control the primary sources of distribution. Legalization & Regulation allow us to hold distributors, and purchasers, accountable. Leakages from the system can be investigated much more safely.

(If someone is thinking, "we can control it by making it illegal," then please read this essay about laws.)