It is estimated that about 3.5 million Mexicans have abused narcotics and illegal drugs at least once. Past studies suggest that around 600,000 are drug dependent. Due to the availability of illegal drugs and the illicit drug trafficking that goes on throughout Mexico, drug addiction and substance abuse is worse than ever now.
Marijuana, cocaine, heroin and inhalants are just a few illegal drugs abused in Mexico. In 2009, a new law went into effect in Mexico that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of every major narcotic including cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and ecstasy or crystal meth. This means that you can no longer be arrested, fined or imprisoned for having two or three joints in your possession or three or four lines of cocaine. Instead they advise the individual about treatment and let them know where they can get help. Because illegal drugs are so prevalent in Mexico, drug dependency and drug abuse could only get worse. Instead Mexico’s government feels it more necessary to focus on the criminal drug trafficking and drug war that’s causing havoc throughout Mexico.
Today, illegal narcotics are available throughout Mexico but inhalant abuse is still heavily abused and appears to be the drug of choice for many. Many individuals can’t afford marijuana or crack cocaine due to the state of the economy so many of Mexico’s poorest drug addicts are turning to huffing inhalants to get high instead. There is a desperate need in Mexico for treatment specifically designed for this type of abuse and addiction.
Mexico is a major drug producing and transit country and they are one of the main suppliers of methamphetamine to the U.S. The drug war going on in Mexico is getting out of control in spite of Government efforts to fight the war on drugs. More than 2,000 people have been killed this year already by Mexican drug cartels. These are criminal organizations that control and promote the trafficking of illegal drugs. They are responsible for the movement of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs throughout the world. Many times they recruit Mexican-American gangs to distribute their illegal drugs. These criminal organizations have been in existence for a long time but have become much more powerful since the 90s.
In Mexico, there are many drug treatment centers available and they’re run by the government. In an effort to fight drug use in Mexico many anti-drug ad campaigns have been enacted in hopes to educate drug addicts and stop first time drug use from starting with others.