The president of Mexico has claimed that American parents are to blame for the country’s drug overdose crisis for not hugging their children enough.
This is the latest provocative statement from Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador about the problems posed by fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid The drug, trafficked by Mexican drug cartels, kills around 70,000 people every year.
He was appalled by the U.S. call to designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist organizations.
Some Republicans have said they support using the U.S. military to fight the cartels.
Mr López Obrador said family values in America had collapsed because parents didn’t keep their children at home long enough.
he also denied Mexico Produces fentanyl.
Speaking of the American crisis, Mr López Obrador said: “There is a lot of disintegration of families, a lot of individualism, a lack of love, brotherhood, hugs and hugs.”
He has repeatedly argued that Mexico’s tight-knit family values have protected it from a wave of fentanyl overdoses.
But experts say the cartel now makes so much money from the U.S. market that they see no need to sell fentanyl domestically.
The gangs often sell methamphetamine in Mexico, where the drug is more popular because it is said to help people work harder.
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Mr. Lopez Obrador also called US anti-drug policy a failure and proposed that both countries ban the medical use of fentanyl, despite little evidence of the drug flowing from hospitals to illicit markets.
U.S. authorities estimate that most of the illicit fentanyl is produced in clandestine laboratories in Mexico using Chinese chemicals.
Relatively little comes from diversion from medicinal fentanyl used as an anesthetic for surgery and other procedures.
Most of the illicit fentanyl is crushed by Mexican drug cartels into counterfeit pills that look like other drugs.
Opioids are 50 times more potent than heroin and can be fatal even in small doses.
It has quickly become the deadliest drug in the United States, according to the DEA.