Mexico’s president mentioned Friday that U.S. households have been in charge for the fentanyl overdose disaster as a result of they do not hug their children sufficient.
The remark by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador caps a week of provocative statements from him in regards to the disaster brought on by the fentanyl, an artificial opioid trafficked by Mexican cartels that has been blamed for about 70,000 overdose deaths per 12 months in the USA.
López Obrador mentioned household values have damaged down in the USA, as a result of mother and father do not let their kids stay at dwelling lengthy sufficient. He has additionally denied that Mexico produces fentanyl.
On Friday, the Mexican president instructed a morning information briefing that the issue was brought on by an absence “of hugs, of embraces.”
“There’s a number of disintegration of households, there may be a number of individualism, there’s a lack of affection, of brotherhood, of hugs and embraces,” López Obrador mentioned of the U.S. disaster. “That’s the reason they (U.S. officers) ought to be dedicating funds to deal with the causes.”
López Obrador has repeatedly mentioned that Mexico’s close-knit household values are what have saved it from the wave of fentanyl overdoses. Consultants say that Mexican cartels are making a lot cash now from the U.S. market that they see no must promote fentanyl of their dwelling market.
Cartels ceaselessly promote methamphetamines in Mexico, the place the drug is extra standard as a result of it purportedly helps folks work more durable.
López Obrador has been stung by calls in the USA to designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist organizations. Some Republicans have mentioned they favor utilizing the U.S. army to crack down on the Mexican cartels.
On Wednesday, López Obrador known as anti-drug insurance policies within the U.S. a failure and proposed a ban in each international locations on utilizing fentanyl in medication – despite the fact that little of the drug crosses from hospitals into the unlawful market.
U.S. authorities estimate that the majority unlawful fentanyl is produced in clandestine Mexican labs utilizing Chinese language precursor chemical substances. Comparatively little of the unlawful market comes from diverting medicinal fentanyl used as anesthesia in surgical procedures and different procedures.
There have been solely scattered and remoted experiences of glass flasks of medicinal fentanyl making it to the unlawful market. Most unlawful fentanyl is pressed by Mexican cartels into counterfeit capsules made to seem like different medicines like Xanax, oxycodone or Percocet.
Mexico’s Protection Division mentioned Tuesday that troopers discovered greater than 1.83 million fentanyl pills at a stash home within the border metropolis of Tijuana.
That raid got here simply weeks after Mexican troopers seized nearly 630,000 fentanyl pills in Culiacan, the capital of the northern state of Sinaloa. Sinaloa is dwelling to the drug cartel of the identical title.
Mexican cartels have used the border metropolis to press fentanyl into counterfeit capsules. They then smuggle these capsules into the USA.
The pinnacle of the Drug Enforcement Administration told CBS News that the Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels are the 2 Mexican cartels behind the inflow of fentanyl into the U.S. that is killing tens of hundreds of Individuals.
Developed for ache administration therapy of most cancers sufferers, fentanyl is as much as 100 occasions stronger than morphine, in keeping with the DEA. The potent drug was behind roughly 66% of the 107,622 drug overdose deaths between December 2020 and December 2021, according to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. And since 2018, fentanyl-laced capsule seizures by legislation enforcement has increased almost 50-fold.