The use of illicit drugs in the United States can be looked at as a homeland security concern for many reasons. The illicit drug trade challenges the security of our borders, fuels crime in many of our communities and when illicit drugs are abused by individuals, they can become unproductive members of society. This loss of productivity can be attributed to healthcare concerns, incarceration and the burden placed on the rest of society to make up for the loss. Terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda have shown involvement in the illicit drug trade and use it as a means of funding their operations. The war on drugs has been fought for many years and will continue to be waged in a joint effort with the war on terror. We must start at home by strengthening our borders and ridding our communities of illicit drugs and the negative impact associated with them.
Levesque, Nicholas, "Fighting Narcoterrorism: A Counter Narcotic Approach to Homeland Security" (2012). Master in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals Master's Projects. 8.