SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN MEXICO

SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN MEXICO

Implementation of prohibitionist policies for drug users has had three relevant consequences: confinement, incarceration, and stigmatisation. For the first of these, treating substance users as addicts and sick people is linked to the proliferation of rehabilitation clinics, but these places lack governmental oversight.

Although Mexico has been recognised as one of the main opium-producing countries in the world today (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2021), we are also alarmed by drug consumption. Mexican consumers have rampantly transitioned from natural drugs to synthetic drugs, especially amphetamines, methamphetamines, ecstasy (MDMA) or stimulants for medical use. According to the Observatorio Mexicano de Salud Mentaly Consumo de Drogas (2023), in 2022 the highest demand for treatment was for users of synthetic drugs (46% of total cases, followed by alcohol and cannabis).


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