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LatAm Countries Mull Failure of US-Led War on Drugs, Planning to Change Course

Xinhua News Agency
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June 27, 2015



UN highlights International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with detailed survey (New China TV)

Latin American countries on Friday, the UN-designated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, mulled the failure of the hardball tactics in fighting drug, planning to change course in the drug war.

In Mexico, violent crime has become a daily scourge, with drug use on the rise among its young adults.

Some 40 percent of crimes committed in Mexico are tied to the use of illicit drugs, Mexico's Quadratin news agency reported, quoting Eunice Rendon, the Interior Ministry's under secretary of Prevention and Citizen Attention.

"The abuse of alcohol and cannabis among young college students increased between 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively, according to Marco Antonio Pulido, an academic at the Iberoamericana University," Mexico's prestigious Reforma daily reported.

The 40-year U.S.-led war on drugs has done little to stem drug abuse, instead it helped turn drug trafficking into such a lucrative business that criminal organizations are becoming power players in politics, media reported.

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