Parents within the US are responsible for the nation’s drug overdose disaster as a result of they don’t hug their kids sufficient, Mexico’s president has claimed.
It is the newest provocative comment by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in regards to the issues brought on by fentanyl, a strong artificial opioid trafficked by Mexican cartels that’s held accountable for about 70,000 US deaths a yr.
He had been stung by calls in America to designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist organisations.
Some Republicans have stated they assist utilizing the US army to crack down on the cartels.
Mr Lopez Obrador stated household values have damaged down within the US, as a result of dad and mom don’t let their kids reside at dwelling lengthy sufficient.
He has additionally denied that Mexico produces fentanyl.
Referring to the US disaster, Mr Lopez Obrador stated: “There is a lot of disintegration of families, there is a lot of individualism, there is a lack of love, of brotherhood, of hugs and embraces.”
He has repeatedly argued Mexico’s close-knit household values are what have protected it from the wave of fentanyl overdoses.
But specialists have stated the cartels are making a lot cash now from the US market that they see no have to promote fentanyl at dwelling.
The gangs usually promote methamphetamines in Mexico, the place the drug is extra common as a result of it purportedly helps folks work more durable.
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Mr Lopez Obrador has additionally referred to as anti-drug insurance policies within the US a failure and proposed a ban in each nations on utilizing fentanyl in drugs, regardless of there being little proof of the drug crossing from hospitals into the unlawful market.
US authorities estimate most illicit fentanyl is produced in clandestine Mexican labs utilizing Chinese chemical compounds.
Relatively little comes from diverting medicinal fentanyl used as anaesthetic in surgical procedure and different procedures.
Most unlawful fentanyl is pressed by Mexican cartels into counterfeit tablets made to seem like different medicines.
The opioid is 50 instances stronger than heroin and even a small dose could be deadly.
It has shortly grow to be the deadliest drug within the US, in keeping with the Drug Enforcement Administration.