Mexican president: lack of hugs brought on US fentanyl disaster


MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president stated Friday that U.S. households have been accountable for the fentanyl overdose disaster as a result of they don’t hug their youngsters sufficient.

The remark by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador caps per week of provocative statements from him in regards to the disaster attributable to the fentanyl, an artificial opioid trafficked by Mexican cartels that has been blamed for about 70,000 overdose deaths per 12 months within the United States.

López Obrador stated household values have damaged down within the United States, as a result of dad and mom don’t let their kids stay at residence lengthy sufficient. He has additionally denied that Mexico produces fentanyl.

On Friday, the Mexican president instructed a morning information briefing that the issue was attributable to “a lack of hugs, of embraces.”

“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,” López Obrador stated of the U.S. disaster. “That is why they (U.S. officials) should be dedicating funds to address the causes.”

López Obrador has repeatedly stated that Mexico’s close-knit household values are what have saved it from the wave of fentanyl overdoses. Experts say that Mexican cartels are making a lot cash now from the U.S. market that they see no must promote fentanyl of their residence market.

Cartels continuously promote methamphetamines in Mexico, the place the drug is extra in style as a result of it purportedly helps folks work more durable.

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López Obrador has been stung by calls within the United States to designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist organizations. Some Republicans have stated they favor utilizing the U.S. navy to crack down on the Mexican cartels.

On Wednesday, López Obrador known as anti-drug insurance policies within the U.S. a failure Wednesday and proposed a ban in each nations on utilizing fentanyl in medication — despite the fact that little of the drug crosses from hospitals into the unlawful market.

U.S. authorities estimate that the majority unlawful fentanyl is produced in clandestine Mexican labs utilizing Chinese precursor chemical substances. Relatively little of the unlawful market comes from diverting medicinal fentanyl used as anesthesia in surgical procedures and different procedures.

There have been solely scattered and remoted experiences of glass flasks of medicinal fentanyl making it to the unlawful market. Most unlawful fentanyl is pressed by Mexican cartels into counterfeit drugs made to appear like different medicines like Xanax, oxycodone or Percocet.

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