Headlines in several of Australia's news sources depict Australia as the destination for many tons of drugs, cocaine in particular, as drugs and associated crime have been escalating Down Under. One news story told of officials who recently intercepted 750 kilograms of cocaine found in a boat in Vanuatu, bound for Australia's shores. Authorities believe that a large amount of the illegal drugs are coming via Mexico and have named the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel as the likely source of the intended illegal imports.
The UN 2013 World Drug Report, conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, found Oceania as the only region with a clear increasing trend in terms of the total quantities of drug seizures between the 2010-2011 compared with the two-year period immediately preceding that. This report states that this trend may be due to a considerable extent to renewed drug supply reduction efforts, as well as to changes in the trafficked volumes of certain drug types.
In 2011-2012, there were 93,000 arrests made due to drug-related crime, marking the highest level in more than a decade. Despite the increased arrests, the Australian Crime Commission's Illicit Drug Report found that drug importation was up by more than 150 percent. While cannabis remains Australia's drug of choice, the demand for heroin, cocaine and meth is on the rise. The purity of the drug "ice," a name for pure methamphetamine, has more than doubled in New South Wales and Victoria.
More than 9.3 tons of illicit drugs were seized nationally in 2010-2011, representing nearly a twenty percent increase from the 7.8 tons seized in Australia in 2009-2010.
Drug Abuse Follows Drug Supply
While one may think that the demand for drugs causes the supply to increase, the World Drug Report states that the demand actually follows the supply. This means that as drug smuggling increases despite many efforts to curb and arrest the criminals, more people in Australia will become drug users. Some of them will become trapped in the downward spiral of drug abuse and may become addicted. This is a very hard cycle to break, especially without adequate drug rehabilitation efforts.
For many people already trapped in drug abuse in Australia as in other parts of the world, the only way out of this trap is an effective drug rehabilitation program.
How to Get Clean When you have a Drug Problem
Many drug treatment programs at rehab centers worldwide include the use of various types of drugs to try to remove the so-called disease of drug addiction. However, this type of approach only substitutes one substance for another and doesn't get to the heart of the issue: helping a drug abuser to get rid of dependency on drugs for good. No one really wants to be dependent on medication or illicit drugs for their whole lives.
Narconon Melbourne Helps People Get off Drugs Naturally
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program helps a former user to address his dependency on drugs with its unique, drug-free drug rehabilitation treatment program. Fortunately, Australians have access to this full Narconon residential rehab program center in Melbourne, where they can take the time needed to completely recover from drug abuse and learn skills to help them to live without drugs.
Melbourne's Narconon is also known as Get off Drugs Naturally. At this Narconon facility, one can find effective, safe drug rehabilitation using the full Narconon program regimen. Beginning with a remarkably tolerable withdrawal period, the Narconon program is extremely effective. Soon after a person gets all the way through withdrawal, he begins on the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. These steps are followed by five life skills courses to help the person recovering from drugs learn how to live a drug-free life in the future.
The comprehensive full Narconon rehab program is so effective that the great majority of its graduates worldwide remain drug free for at least two years following graduation.
- AFP probe Australian links to Vanuatu 'drug boat' which had 750 kgs of cocaine, in News.com.au, August 23, 2013. Available online at: http://www.news.com.au/national-news/afp-probe-australian-links-to-vanuatu-8216drug-boat8217-which-had-750-kgs-of-cocaine/story-fncynjr2-1226703111805#ixzz2fAw3Ucch
- Australian police fighting hard to curb drug trafficking, article in Sunshine Coast Daily, May 21, 2013. Available online at: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/australian-police-fighting-curb-drug-trafficking/1874632/
- Australian Crime Commission, Illicit Drug Data Report, 2010-2011, Published May, 2012. Available online at: http://www.crimecommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/IDDR/2010-11/iddr-2010-11-complete.pdf
- UNODC, World Drug Report 2013 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.13.XI.6). Available online at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/secured/wdr/wdr2013/World_Drug_Report_2013.pdf