A Global Cancer is Spreading . . .

“For every complex problem there is an easy answer, and it is wrong.”    – H.L.Mencken

There is a cancer spreading its deadly tentacles across the globe. A cancer that kills slowly and without prejudice to race, color, creed or economic status. A cancer that targets the young and destroys their future, and ours.  A cancer fueled by greed and driven by a few shadowy groups with enormous economic power.  That cancer is illegal drugs, particularly cocaine and heroin.  And it destroys insidiously through the process of instant pleasure leading to long-term addiction.  And cocaine and heroin addiction is hard to cure.

As a result, many governments have declared a war on illegal drugs. The U.S. federal and state governments will spend over $50 billion dollars in 2012 on the War on Drugs. And arrests for drug violations this year are expected to greatly exceed the 2.5 million. And deaths from the use illegal drugs, combined with an ever increasing use of prescription drugs and alcohol now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US.

But we are losing this war.  Drug use is growing at an unprecedented rate in nearly every developed country in the world. In the US alone the last 5 years has seen a 50% increase in cocaine usage and over a 100% increase in heroin use.  Even though we spend billions on the war against illegal drugs, it is estimated that around 400 tons of pure heroin is produced globally, but we only seize about 15%, leaving 340 tons on the streets.

There’s big money in illegal drugs.

Why are these numbers so huge?  Simple, there’s big money in illegal drugs.  The global annual revenue from illegal drug sales is currently $400 billion dollars, and growing.  And it’s all in cash! The more potent the drugs the stronger the addiction and thus the greater the need for more drugs.  A perfect self-reinforcing cycle. And with drugs comes an increase in crime and gangs, another threat to our children’s future.

In studying this evil trend and thinking about what looks like a hopeless situation, I came across some work that is being done in certain scientific circles on the search for an antidote for addiction.  According to the research an antidote is still a long way off, but it may be possible one day to have an effective antidote against drug addiction.  In other words, a way to eliminate the addiction and in many cases the craving for “the next fix”!

At first I was elated.  This could be the miracle we need.  A permanent solution!

But the more I thought about the economics of the global drug industry, both legal and illegal, and the astronomical sums of money, the more I became concerned.  Those who currently profit from the illegal sale of drugs are not going to retire and get a real job.  There is too much money at stake.  No, while many around the world would welcome such a discovery, other very powerful groups would stop at nothing to destroy such a formula.

And so was born the idea for my third thriller novel, Business As Usual, about the discovery of an antidote for drug addiction and the two major global organizations who don’t want it to hit the market:  the powerful Drug Cartels who control the production and distribution of cocaine, crack and heroin, and the Global Pharmaceutical Industry (Big Pharma) who currently distribute and control the supply of all the drugs currently being used in treatment and rehabilitation centers.  Greed makes strange bedfellows.

This is purely a work of fiction, yet many of the statistics about the global drug trade and the situations in this novel are accurate and much of the story is built on existing facts.   It is a book with a message and hopefully a wake-up call for those of us who are parents.

I firmly believe Business As Usual will be an entertaining work that you will enjoy reading as a thriller novel.  I also hope that it will increase your awareness and understanding of the growing menace that is threatening our children and our future.

Business As Usual will be published this coming week as an eBook, available on Amazon Kindle US and UK, as well as other eBook platforms.

I would enjoy hearing your thoughts and reactions to this novel, or any of my other thriller novels (Almost Perfect and Game Changer).  Please feel free to write to me directly at: john@johnrchildress.com.

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

john@johnrchildress.com

About johnrchildress

John Childress is currently Visiting Professor in Strategy and Culture at IE Business School in Madrid and a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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