Narconon International President Fights Youth Involvement in Drug Cartel Operations
“If we help Mexican youth become part of the solution, they at the same time are freed from being trapped in the problem,” says Clark Carr
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2011
Youth involvement in violent drug cartel operations in Mexico has steadily escalated over the last several years. Case in point, a recent AP news bulletin from the City of Monterrey contained multiple mentions of youth connected to mainline cartel activities.
The report described US Navy capture of four suspects linked to drug-cartel activities, including two females under the age of 18. It also described an American-born 14-year-old boy who allegedly worked as a drug-cartel enforcer. The boy told reporters he had helped a drug gang behead four people.
“Mexican youth are prime recruitment targets for cartels,” says President of Narconon® International, Clark Carr, who spent much of 2010 in violence-plagued Mexican cities offering expertise and methodology to an overwhelmed network of Twelve Step drug rehabilitation centers. “Youth are highly vulnerable to the lure of wealth and status. Especially outside the big cities, in smaller towns, young people are growing up in an environment controlled by cartel gangs. It is no surprise that to many their picture of a ‘real man’ includes a machine gun,” Carr said in a recent interview. “As long as they have few other options, life within the organized structure of the cartels will continue to appeal to them.”
Carr has seen aggressive recruitment efforts by cartels first hand. He described a system that takes youth up a ladder of increasing commitment to the cartel and increasing willingness to commit violent acts and put their own lives on the line to serve the cartel boss. First duties are informal data gathering, which is easily done without alerting anyone they have aligned with cartels. They listen for information that might be useful and pass it on to established contacts. In one city, Carr says, he was warned not to talk too openly at restaurants as what he said could be overheard by roving youngsters. Kids might be given communications equipment, but no weapons. Before they are fully recognized as ‘trusted members’ of the gang, they must prove their commitment through violent acts. Sometimes, these are forced upon them.
“The way we are reaching youth is by offering something they can live for instead of kill for,” Carr says. “When young people see how much they can help another human being, how valuable and admired they can be as ethical, caring persons, the effect on them is profound.” One important tool he has been using to help educate youth is a booklet of common sense values and good life choices called The Way to Happiness. Narconon with help of drug rehab center volunteers and other youth has distributed over 100,000 copies of this book in Mexican cities and towns in 2010.
Drug rehab centers sometimes have former gang members as addicts in recovery. “Certainly, drug addicts are potential cartel recruits,” says Carr. He has been training recovering addicts instead to become withdrawal specialists through the Narconon First Step Program to help one another and other addicts kick years-long drug habits. These youth in recovery simultaneously work to free themselves from their own addictions as they train to help others. The Narconon First Step Program is a highly effective regimen of nutrition, individual and group exercises, and communication procedures that break the hold of methamphetamine, heroin, and other drugs without the use of substitute drugs. The First Step procedures greatly reduce physical suffering and strongly improve self-confidence and personal sense of well being. “There is much, much more to do,” says Carr. “Narconon will continue this work in Mexico throughout 2011.”
“A New Year’s Resolution parents everywhere should make for 2011 is to do all they can to dry up the $320 billion drug market (as of a 2009 UN report) that fuels international drug trafficking and drug cartels, such as those devastating Mexico,” says Carr. Authorities worldwide agree that unless the demand for drugs can be drastically reduced through expanded drug education, prevention, and rehabilitation, drug-related violence will continue to escalate. The worldwide Narconon network is dedicated to preventing drug abuse as well as to rehabilitating those who have become addicted.
For further information on the Narconon program and the Narconon First Step, visit http://www.narconon.org or call 1 800-775-8750.
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