“It only takes 10 tractor-trailer loads of pure cocaine to supply the United States with all the cocaine it needs for one year, so imagine trying to figure out which trucks are bringing in the cocaine at what point and stopping them. It’s impossible, it can’t be done,” Wade told members of the Rome Kiwanis Club during the meeting at La Marie’s at Magretta Hall.
“It doesn’t matter how many coca fields we destroy in source countries like Colombia or Peru,” Wade continued. “It doesn’t how many opium poppies we eradicate over in source countries in the Middle East, they’ve already warehoused up enough processed heroin and processed cocaine to supply this country with all those drugs it needs for the next 20 years.”
Wade, who is a former narcotics investigator, said that the only way to effectively deal with the issue to attack the demand side.
The Drug Free Workplace program adopted by more than 10,000 businesses in Georgia is the best way to attack the demand side because the largest concentration of demand for drugs is in the workplace, he asserted.
“Seventy-seven percent of the people who use illegal drugs in the United States of America are employed,” Wade said. “There is an invisible empire of drug users, drug dealers and drug addicts in the American workplace.”
Wade said that the workplace works for drug dealers and addicts because law enforcement doesn’t police the workplace. “By selling drugs at work, the drug dealer has immediate access to a wide customer base,” Wade said. “Don’t we have the right to work in a drug free environment?”
After 16 years in law enforcement and 16 years as the state director of the Drug Free Workplace Program, Wade said, “If we could simply get every single business in the state of Georgia to become a state-certified Drug Free Workplace, well I believe we could reduce the drug and crime problem in this state by 77 percent because the drug and crime problem are one and the same,” Wade said.
He encouraged the civic leaders to promote the Drug Free Workplace program, which in Georgia offers a 7.5 percent discount on Worker’s Compensation premiums. That could add up to thousands of dollars even for small businesses.
“There’s an answer to the drug problem in this community and this country if you care,” Wade said. “I’ll bet you’d like to see all these workplaces become drug free so when it’s time for your child or your grandchild to enter the workforce, they’d be going to work in a safe, drug-free environment.”