Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico
By Beto O'Rourke, Susie Byrd
The War on Drugs doesn't work. This became obvious to El Paso City Representatives Susie Byrd and Beto O'Rourke when they started to ask questions about why El Paso's sister city Ciudad Juárez has become the deadliest city in the world--8,000-plus deaths since January 1, 2008. Byrd and O'Rourke soon realized American drug use and United States' failed War on Drugs are at the core of problem. In Dealing Death and Drugs -- a book written for the general reader -- they explore the costs and consequences of marijuana prohibition. They argue that marijuana prohibition has created a black market so profitable that drug kingpins are billionaires and drug control doesn't stand a chance. Using Juárez as their focus, they describe the business model of drug trafficking and explain why this illicit system has led to the never-ending slaughter of human beings. Their position: the only rational alternative to the War on Drugs is to end to the current prohibition on marijuana.
"If Washington won't do anything different, if Mexico City won't do anything different, then it is up to us -- the citizens of the border who understand the futility and tragedy of this current policy first hand -- to lead the way." -- from the Afterword
About the Creators
BETO O’ROURKE is currently a candidate in the 2022 race for Texas Governor. A fourth-generation El Pasoan, he previously ran a widely popular campaign for Senate, served three terms in the House of Representatives, and two terms on the El Paso city council.
SUSIE BYRD currently serves as director to the Aerospace Center at the University of Texas at El Paso. She previously ran the office of congresswoman Veronica Escobar, and also served two terms on the El Paso city council.