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Illegal Drug Market Violence in Mexico Infographic


The US prohibition of drugs has led to unprecedented levels of violence between warring cartels in Mexico and the US ‘War on Drugs’ has failed to curtail this violence. This infographic provides a snapshot of the statistics and key players in the illegal drug market violence.

Illegal Drug Market Violence in Mexico — Infographic
Via: Rehab International

The United States considers Mexico its #1 drug trafficking threat, and perhaps for good reason. About 90% of the cocaine used in the country comes through Mexico. In recent years the drug wars have escalated to an extremely violent zenith, with drug-related homicides increasing astronomically. Learn more about the trade, the cartels, and how the violence has developed.

The United States recommends travelers avoid certain states in Mexico, while also assuring visitors that no particular threats against US citizens are apparent.

Citizens are “urged to defer non-essential travel to the states of Tamaulipas and Michoacan, and to parts of the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi and Jalisco.


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  1. Some simple facts:

    * Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem. We need to collectively admit that we are sick. — Prohibition is neither a sane nor a safe approach; left unabated, its puritanical flames will surely engulf every last one of us.

    * A rather large majority of people will always feel the need to use drugs, such as heroin, opium, nicotine, amphetamines, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.

    * Just as it was impossible to prevent alcohol from being produced and used in the U.S. in the 1920s, so too, it is equally impossible to prevent any of the aforementioned drugs from being produced and widely used by those who desire to do so.

    * Due to Prohibition (historically proven to be an utter failure at every level), the availability of most of these mood-altering drugs has become so universal and unfettered that in any city of the civilized world, any one of us would be able to procure practically any drug we wish within an hour.

    * The massive majority of people who use drugs do so recreationally – getting high at the weekend then up for work on a Monday morning.

    * A small minority of people will always experience drug use as problematic.

    * Throughout history, the prohibition of any mind-altering substance has always exploded usage rates, overcrowded jails, fueled organized crime, created rampant corruption of law-enforcement – even whole governments, while inducing an incalculable amount of suffering and death.

    * The involvement of the CIA in running Heroin from Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan and Cocaine from Central America has been well documented by the 1989 Kerry Committee report, academic researchers Alfred McCoy and Peter Dale Scott, and the late journalist Gary Webb.

    * It’s not even possible to keep drugs out of prisons, but prohibitionists wish to waste hundreds of billions of our money in an utterly futile attempt to keep them off our streets.

    * Prohibition kills more people and ruins more lives than the prohibited drugs have ever done.

    * The United States jails a larger percentage of it’s own citizens than any other country in the world, including those run by the worst totalitarian regimes, yet it has far higher use/addiction rates than most other countries.

    * The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.
    – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) American editor, essayist and philologist.

  2. Gandhi and MLK effectively demonstrated that using nonviolence to campaign against evil, is much more powerful than violence. Yet the United States and Mexico claim the moral high ground while engaging in this violent prohibition war. Tactics that were so thoroughly discredited long ago with alcohol prohibition.
    What amazes me, is people buy into the propaganda that says this is working.

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

  3. This is typical deceit, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from organizations that profit from prohibition. — What’s happening in Mexico is clearly the result of Prohibition. The heading on that chart should therefore read ‘Prohibition Violence in Mexico’. Maybe you should remove it, photo-shop it then put it back up.

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