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The Impact Of Smuggling Drugs to Society

Several nations the world over are grappling with illegal trade of goods within their boundaries. Smuggling is normally seen as an alternative way of transporting things without necessarily involving the governing authorities. It is done in a bid to avoid taxation or, in case of illegal goods, avoiding arrest by the police. The categories of products sold on the black market include those that are illicit as well as legal goods whose supply is restricted. Drugs of various kinds are also smuggled in and out of some countries. The reasons, why people take part in smuggling of drugs, are better known by themselves. The trade, however, has numerous negative effects to both the trader and the society as well, their reasons notwithstanding. Below is an outline of some of these effects.

To begin with, most of the drugs involved in smuggling are usually illicit. Their prohibition could have been as a result of their harmful side effects for the users. Their inspection may also have revealed their inability to satisfy the health standards expected of them and other similar drugs. With the need to create wealth for themselves pushing them, the manufacturers may have colluded and failed to follow laid down procedures for manufacturing them. Users of such drugs may find themselves suffering greatly, and some may even die, if the drugs are allowed to circulate in the market.

The other effect of drug smuggling is that it causes people to lose their livelihoods. Restriction of trade is done by governments that wish to cushion their citizens against unfair trade practices from outside the country. The reason for this is so that local companies can establish themselves and grow faster. When such goods are thus smuggled into the country, they end up upsetting this balance. The result of this will be that business firms that are indigenous to that country will be unable to establish themselves due to their being edged out of the market by the more established foreign companies. This will rob them of their source of livelihood needed to survive.

It is also possible for illegal trade to adversely impact a nation’s economy. Governments normally charge tax on traded goods in an endeavor to get the money required to finance its activities. The government’s principal responsibility is to provide services to its citizens. Illicit trading of goods therefore starves the government of the much needed income, meaning that its unable to serve its people well.

It’s also not possible to depend on the reliability of smuggled drugs. The traders are constantly at risk in trying to outmaneuver the authorities and are thus unable to make scheduled deliveries. Those who consume such drugs will therefore find themselves in pain if they were much dependent on the drug.

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