El Paso city representatives Beto O'Rourke and Susie Byrd have been powerless bystanders as the murders attributed to the drug war in Juárez—El Paso’s sister city on the United States and Mexico Border—have exceeded 6,000 people since January 1, 2008. They have learned firsthand that the current US drug laws and policies don’t work. The United States must try something else. Quickly. O’Rourke and Byrd decided to write this general reader to explain their argument for legalization. Using Juárez as their guide, they illustrate how the economic machinery of illegal drugs operates and they explain why this has led to the tragic slaughter of human beings. They describe the dope supply chain, the business operations of the cartels on both sides of the border, the US prison industrial complex, the criminal justice system, the arms dealers, and the border protection industrial complex. Perhaps most importantly, they portray how US and Mexican teenagers alike are entrapped in the vicious business of illegal drugs.