Drug cartels are always looking for new ways to sneak illegal drugs across the border, and with the increased rate of production of crystal meth in Mexico, they are getting increasingly creative. One of the newest ways has put the “drug mules,” or those who are forced or hired to carry the drugs across the border, in extreme danger: dissolving crystal meth into drinks like apple juice and bottled water.
How is this harmful to the people bringing the liquid meth across the border? In order to prove that the drinks are harmless, many are taking a big gulp in front of border officials. Unfortunately, this can have a devastating effect as evidenced by the death of 16-year-old Cruz Marcelino Velazquez, a Mexican high school student carrying liquid meth across the San Diego border. After taking a big gulp of his drug-laced drink, he was handcuffed and taken to the security office where he began to scream in pain, saying, “My heart! My heart!” in Spanish, according to CBS News. He died soon after.
CBS News reported that kids are caught every day carrying bottles of liquid meth into the US. They are reportedly paid between $50 and $200 for each trip. And the drug isn’t always hidden in drink bottles. It has also been hidden in gas tanks and windshield-wiper fluid containers, among other places.
Though the border inspectors are working hard to stop liquid meth from coming into the country, they are not always successful. Some bottles are getting through, and kids in the United States have access to the deadly substance. The risks of its use increase with the purity of the liquid, which varies from batch to batch—a common problem with street drugs. Kids can overdose easily, but their chances of cardiac arrest and related medical emergencies increase when they:
- Combine use of liquid crystal meth with other drugs, including alcohol
- Take large amounts of the drug, even over a period of days
- Have underlying health problems
Overcoming Drug Abuse
Teens who routinely try any and all illicit substances that cross their paths may not yet be addicted to any one substance but are struggling with chronic drug abuse—and all the consequences and risks that come with those choices. Increased rates of unwanted pregnancy, STDs, academic problems, legal issues, trouble at home and more all occur when drug abuse is allowed to continue during the teen years.
Learn more about how we can help your son stop abusing all drugs and alcohol today when you contact us at Muir Wood.