Saturday, October 17, 2009

If You Got Bad News, Wanna Kick Them Blues...

She don't lie, she don't lie she don't lie...cocaine.

Cocaine use doubled in Mexico in the six years to 2008, the health minister said Friday, arguing that tougher border controls on smuggling has pushed more of the drug into the domestic market.

Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova blamed the rise in cocaine use -- from 1.2 to 2.4 percent among 12 to 65 year olds -- on "changing trafficking routes and increased security on the country's northern and southern borders, which increases access to (illegal) substances inside" the country.

This is another example of how, no matter what happens in the "war on drugs," Mexico winds up the loser. Shut down the smuggling routes through the Caribbean? The drug trade comes roaring into Mexico! Make it nearly impossible to manufacture meth in the US? La Familia in Michoacan will pick up the slack! Tighten up the border so the coke can't get to its American customers? It gets pumped back up Mexican noses! Of course Mexico, being Mexico, doesn't have nearly the number of treatment and rehab facilities required to handle a rising drug abuse problem - and the ones they do have, well....

So far from God, so close to the United States.

1 comment:

Mexfiles said...

Well, gee... a doubling of the user rate in the course of just half of the Calderón Administration. IF PRESENT TRENDS CONTINUE, it would only take one more PAN administration until Mexico's cocaine use equals that of the United States! That is alarming!