UN urges Latin America to consider legalizing drugs to combat drug-linked homicides
Breaking News May 31, 2018
UN urges Latin America to consider legalizing drugs to combat drug-linked homicides

Thousands of Latin Americans have lost their lives in the most horrific manner due to drug-related incidents. In 2017 alone, Mexico reported 29,168 murders linked to drug trade, making it the deadliest year in decades. According to the government records, these numbers are in fact higher than the murder rate at the height of Mexico’s drug war in 2011. Taking serious cognizance of the atrocities, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has urged the Latin American countries to consider legalization of drugs to reduce the human cost of prohibition.

Alicia Barcena, a Mexican-born leader of the Santiago-based ECLAC, said that drug legalization is in the best interest of Latin America and the Caribbean because it’s “illegality” that’s killing people. She further added that it’s time these countries gave a serious thought toward legalization of drugs.

Cartels at the heart of violence

The recent surge in violence in Mexico has been attracting a lot of attention from different quarters. Drug cartels constantly try to battle each other out in order to gain control of territories and establish leadership. Violence includes brutalities like murder, kidnapping, assassinations, and extortions.

According to the reports, with a meteoric rise in the demand for drugs, the number of large DTOs increased from four in 2006 to nine in 2017 along with the emergence of 45 smaller trafficking groups. The reports further suggested that a majority of the demand was driven by the U.S, which is irrefutably the biggest market for illicit drugs. The country recorded 28.6 million people aged 12 years or older as current illicit drug users in 2016. The spike in violence in Mexico is likely to affect the U.S. also, with enforcement agencies anticipating high-risk spillovers.

Seeking help for recovery from addiction

Meanwhile, as far as the U.S. is concerned, the country is fighting to tame the skyrocketing opioid epidemic. With nearly 115 people succumbing to opioid overdose every day in the country, the menace has breached all records and is affecting people of all age groups..

One must bear in mind that abusing any form of drugs can lead to lethal outcomes like physical and psychological addiction, altered brain chemistry and functioning, heart failure and high blood pressure. People in most cases realize their addiction only when they start experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms. Yet, instead of seeking medical help, majority of them resort to self-medication that not only aggravates the underlying addiction, but also harms the health. Hence, if you or anyone you know is suffering from an addiction, it is important to seek addiction disorder treatment at the earliest. There are many affordable treatment centers offering drug abuse therapy and drug abuse programs in the country

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