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Hey, they got the street value right for once! $30/gram is about right for meth.

Once again, I note that shipments like this aren’t one-offs. They’re regular business between trusted partners. CBP gets about 5%.

The DEMAND side is the problem.

(nypost.com/2019/02/20/cus… )
And by demand, I mean the economic structures that get people to first smoke some meth. Because it’s generally not for fun.

People often start using meth because they have too much to do and not enough hours. They’re working 2-3 jobs, they need to clean their house & parent.
Or work a double at one job, then go directly to another, day after day. People often start meth because they’re trying to make a little more money, trying to cling to what economic advances they’ve made. It’s what got Germans in the interwar years hooked on Pervitin.
There’s a reason we see meth use & production spikes in places where jobs are leaving or gone. Especially in places where the jobs were good: logging & sawmills, steel, former automotive/large appliance manufacturing. People who made good $$ are still locked into mortgages.
And often can’t get out: the house is underwater, or it’s the only asset they have, but nobody will buy it, they can’t afford to wait for it to sell, they can’t move to more opportunity. The only choice is to work harder & commute longer, and staying alert means stimulants.
When we deal with that demand side? When we work on economic justice? And work on expanding access to treatment, AND legalize & regulate?

We will finally get a handle on the corruption and violence that fuels the drug trade.

Not until.
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