March 25th, 2009
01:13 PM ET

National Drug Threat Assessment 2009

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/24/obama.mexico.policy/art.juarez.cnn.jpg caption="A police convoy moves in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last month, across the U.S. border from El Paso, Texas."]

National Drug Intelligence Center
U.S. Department of Justice

The trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs inflict tremendous harm upon individuals, families, and communities throughout the country. The violence, intimidation, theft, and financial crimes carried out by drug trafficking organizations (DTOs), criminal groups, gangs, and drug users in the United States pose a significant threat to our nation. The cost to society from drug production, trafficking, and abuse is difficult to fully measure or convey; however, the most recent data available are helpful in framing the extent of the threat. For example:

* More than 35 million individuals used illicit drugs or abused prescription drugs in 2007.

* In 2006 individuals entered public drug treatment facilities more than 1 million times seeking assistance in ending their addiction to illicit or prescription drugs.

* More than 1,100 children were injured at, killed at, or removed from methamphetamine laboratory sites from 2007 through September 2008.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Mexico
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  1. D. A. Sutherland

    I think a majority of our leaders are afraid of drug dealers/cartels. The same way drug dealers can take over a city corner/block and clocal leaders fail to immedaitely get rid of the problem or let it persist for decades. Here in the USA entire cities and state borders are just another corner/block. The question posed to the American people, "Do you think our City, State, and Federal Government Leaders are afraid of drug dealers and cartels." Consider that the leaders in Mexico have put their familes and themselves in danger. They have not fell back on the political excuse. They deserve a Medal of Honor for their fight against drugs, while our leadership effort deserves a citation.

    March 26, 2009 at 8:41 am |

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