America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: The Public Health and Safety Implications for our Unsecure Border   [open pdf - 3MB]

"The mission statement of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is to enhance the economic and national security of the United States. To improve our security, we first must properly define the problems we face. In doing so, it is important to focus on areas of agreement. In the 114th Congress, the Committee has convened hearings, roundtables, field hearings, and site visits all with the same goal in mind: to look for areas of agreement and lay out the realities confronting the nation. The first area of broad agreement is the insecurity of our borders. Over the course of the Committee's 18 border-security-related hearings, many witnesses testified that our borders are not secure.[…] Accepting this reality, one root cause for our insecure border is America's insatiable demand for drugs. Although it is hard to calculate how much profit the drug cartels generate from supplying drugs in the United States, it is clear that this figure is in the billions each year. […] For these reasons, we can all agree that it is time to seriously reassess our strategies concerning America's insatiable demand for drugs, our war on drugs, and the resulting lack of border security. This report highlights the Committee's hearings on America's insatiable demand for drugs, including the Committee's four field hearings across the country. The report examines the effect that America's insatiable demand for drugs has had on U.S. national and border security, closely scrutinizes the current opioid epidemic in the United States, and considers possible approaches to curb illicit drug use and addiction."

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Listed on September 14, 2016 [Critical Releases]