There are heroin addicts all over the world; however, it seems that there is a significant concentration in the United States. Unfortunately, this is the case with many drugs, as Americans’ consumption drives up the demand. Experts are currently working to handle the problem as more states report a significant increase in heroin-related deaths. Indiana, Kentucky and New Jersey have all recently made declarations to reverse the epidemic they’re facing.

The cartels in Mexico and South America have been smuggling drugs into the country for decades. The demand for heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine are so extreme that the cartels are able to use the profits from drug sales to essentially wreak havoc on Mexico cities and small towns along the drug route. Despite a concentrated effort by the U.S. and Mexican governments to prevent the drugs from crossing the border, little has been accomplished in thwarting the trafficking.

While thousands of pounds of drugs may be seized each year and hundreds of arrest are made, due to the insatiable demand for drugs in the U.S., someone else will always be willing to step in and take over the supply chain. This is why reallocating more people to treatment and prevention is so necessary. The conversation has never been more relevant than now.

Trying to pin the rising death rates on the cartels would be misplaced blame. Everyone shares responsibility in reversing these disturbing trends. There are many more things we can do as concerned members of our communities to help prevent people from turning to drug abuse. Using effective intervention and treatment practices to help those already addicted is the next line of defense.