The illegal drug market in the United States is one of the most profitable in the world. As such, it attracts sophisticated and aggressive drug
traffickers. Diverse groups traffic and distribute illegal drugs. Criminal organizations operating from South America smuggle cocaine and heroin
into the U.S. via a number of routes. Furthermore, criminal groups operating from Mexico smuggle cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine,
amphetamines, and marijuana into the United States. Besides criminal groups based abroad, domestic organizations cultivate, produce,
manufacture, or distribute illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, phencyclidine (PCP), and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
By growing sinsemilla, the seedless flowering tops of marijuana plants, domestic cannabis growers are able to provide high potency marijuana
that easily competes with other illegal drugs. With demand for methamphetamine remaining high, especially in the West and Midwest, so does
the number of illicit domestic laboratories that supply methamphetamine to a growing number of addicts.
The Following Are Some Common "Excuses" For Taking Drugs:
Wanting to "enhance" an experience
Someone else you know tried it and nothing happened to them.
for driving under the influence (DUI)
are severe and may include fees, jail time, rehabilitation class, the installation of an ignition
interlock device on your car (to disable the car if you have consumed alcohol), and other penalties. DUI laws punish offenders for operating a
motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
A DUI offense is both a criminal and civil matter. If a law enforcement officer suspects you of being intoxicated, he or she may ask you to submit
to a blood, breath, or urine test to verify your blood alcohol level (BAL). According to Florida’s implied consent law, signing an application for a
driver license signifies that you agree to take these tests. If you refuse to be tested, you will be subject to the following penalties: The first time
you refuse to take the test, your license will be automatically suspended for one year. If a second incident occurs where you refuse to take the
test, your license will be suspended for 18 months. This is a second degree misdemeanor.
If you are involved in an incident where someone dies or is seriously injured, you will need to take a blood test—even without consent. A
doctor, nurse, or other health professional will draw your blood. Blood may be drawn if you are unconscious and cannot refuse a test. The
results can be legally used as evidence.
Drivers who exceed the per se breath or BAL limit will be prosecuted solely for having an amount of alcohol in their system greater than
permitted by law. A DUI conviction remains on a driver's record for 75 years.