May 18, 2022 7:18 pm

Drug dealing and social violence

Huxley said in A happy world that the “dictatorship of the future will not need bayonets and methods of terror… seduction, drugs and publicity will suffice.” This will be, he maintained, the true totalitarian revolution in which men will love their controllers or Masters. There will be no families or home (a key issue today) and euthanasia will be a social form because the “old” must be eliminated. The culture will resort to “hypnopedia” (repeating lies a thousand times, transforming them into truth) as a form of indoctrination from childhood and magic drugs will dispel all sadness. Literary dream (from 1932) but that refers to today’s realities.

The drug dealer fulfills Huxley’s dream: domination of thousands, slavery to the masters, continuous distribution and naturalization of the use of drugs through a planned hypnopedia.

The distribution of drugs through narco-retailing has different routes and has to do with the growing expansion of consumption, its naturalization and the consequent social acceptance as a new cultural pattern without taking into account damages and consequences. Gradually, drug trafficking joins organized crime, as occurs in Rosario and in different areas of the AMBA and the country. The absence of massive preventive and assistance policies is linked to this naturalization of consumption and the advance of human deterioration and community life.

The attempts to legalize marijuana, such as the one carried out in Uruguay, led to an increase in the consumption of other drugs, such as cocaine, which make that country appear in the first place of intake in Latin America along with Argentina. In addition, in Uruguay marijuana is cheaper on the illegal market than in pharmacies. Legalization began a more critical stage due to the increase in the consumption of all drugs and the increase in the marginal market.

At the beginning of the 2000s our country suffers an invasion of supply of substances; all this is parallel to the emergence of an “undreamed America” ​​(drug production in Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Mexico has increased and Venezuela seems to be a “corridor” of transfer) and thus increases the demand for social, cultural reasons , family and crisis of collective identities. As demand increases, supply diversifies and a large part of the security problems have to do with the “taking of territories” and the need to have money or objects to “trade” them for drugs.

The neighbor in many places lives cornered fearing the cunning assault of people who also have brain and psychiatric disorders with explosions of violence. From 2010 to 2017, the visibility in the neighborhoods of places of sale rises from 30 to 45%.

Thus, drug dealing acquires increasingly innovative characteristics. The supply points increase due to an economic law (Wapp, Instagram, Facebook, home delivery, etc.) and become useful technological instruments for the proliferation of the disease, without taking into account ethical and health considerations. The “after beach” current has not only an impact on the transmission of Covid; but it implies a huge clientele for stimulants and their sale.

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And these innovative features are even more so in times of pandemic. The young (usually) consumer needs money and resells it to others, thereby assuring his own dose. This already happens in all social classes; novel aspect since this usually occurred in places of high social vulnerability.

Sales and production “family cooperatives” are a reality, as well as marijuana plantations in gardens that are used for personal consumption or in mini-businesses for neighborhood sales or barter for other substances.

The drug dealer is part of the distribution business and the addict is a part of this gear, he also offers himself since his need is imperative due to the commitments of his personality with consumption and the electro-chemical brain changes that increase the addictive desire (decreased frontal lobe controls and urgency of reward and pleasure systems).

Another of the elements at stake is the validity of the so-called “aguantaderos” in different neighborhoods; a place is enabled (apartment-house) and to enter you have to bring drugs, which when they run out they have to leave.

This is how social violence and neuropsychiatric diseases are increasing.

Specialist in addictions, doctor in psychology, professor emeritus of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of El Salvador

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