Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Under Fox and Calderon heroin production increases by 340%

Mexico, D.F. (apro). 6-26-2012.  During the PAN administrations of Fox and Calderon, heroin production increased 340%, and so did the number of HIV-infected persons, according to the Global Commission on Drug Policy, of which (Mexican) ex-president Ernesto Zedillo is a member. 

According to the study, "The War Against Drugs and HIV/AIDS: How criminalization of drug use feeds the global pandemic," all of the world's governments have failed in their battle against illegal drugs and their actions have triggered an HIV pandemic among drug addicts. This evaluation was made by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which has as members six former presidents, among them Ernesto Zedillo, from Mexico, Ricardo Lagos, from Chile, Fernando Enrique Cardoso, from Brazil, and Cesar Gaviria, from Colombia, in addition to the former Spanish minister and high ranking European Union official, Javier Solana, and the Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas-Llosa.

In its report, the commission points out that the global war on drugs has been a "failure" because nonviolent drug addicts are imprisoned and steered away from public health systems, causing an increase in HIV infections due to syringe sharing. They make specific reference to opiates like heroin, for which demand has increased 380% between 1980 and 2010, while its price shows a tendency to drop, according to the commission's own findings, which declares that there is "a notable failure of the policies (used) in the war against drugs." Specifically, the commission criticizes the United States, China, Russia and Thailand for "ignoring scientific evidence and the recommendations from the World Health Organization, and resisting the implementation of HIV prevention programs," which has had "devastating consequences."

Experts say that a fourth of U.S. residents infected with HIV have been imprisoned at least once in their life.

In contrast, (the commission) praises the work of countries such as Australia, Portugal and Switzerland, where addiction "is treated as a health problem" and, as a result, HIV infection among drug addicts has almost been eliminated.

With respect to Mexico, where for the past six years the government has been engaged in an open war with drug cartels, the study asserts that President Calderon's strategy has only spurred organized crime and has taken the lives of more than 50,000 people and caused the disappearance of 10,000 more.

The authors emphazise that the war against drugs has not slowed down the production of Mexican heroin, which has increased 340% in the last decade. Because of that, they propose reforms that will "break the taboo" of drug addiction and instead of putting addicts in jail provide them health services and detoxification programs. Other measures they propose are to decriminalize cannabis, provide access to sterile syringes, provide hygienic (drug) injection locations and (doctors') prescriptions for heroin. 

Publication of this study takes place in the context of the International Day Against Improper Use and Illegal Trafficking of Drugs, and a month before the World Conference on AIDS, which will bring together the greatest number of experts on that subject from July 22 to 27, 2012, in Washington (DC).          

27 comments:

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    1. Your probably one of those idiots that believe the wat on drugs can actually be won. U clossed minded drone

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  2. same happened in afghanistan. I guess we see what happens when the US helps out with a war. Someday we'll Know the truth. About, whats happening in México and we'll be able to compare similarities with other events like the Iran Contra afair. Crack introduced into the inner cities. how heroine was smuggled out of SE asia with American help. And how Mexico was flooded with weapons, and drug lords where given protecction. thanks alot for a war on drugs that as it turns out is a war on the people.

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  3. Siskiyou has posted a more detailed version of this story in the Forum that contains more information. Seems we posted at the same time, but I'm glad the story is getting out.

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  4. When is enough,enough to Hell with all these druggies they are ruining the world,bankrupting countrys WTF. Let them use,cut off ALL govt handouts let them go,give them all the dope they can stand,Audios,goodby,let them all move to Mexico or Columbia, quit crying and whining about the POOR Drug users. Quarentine them By BY!

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  5. whats a trip here in nuevo laredo no meth no heroin as much that goes through its not allowed to be sold here and not by the cops. la compania does not want it sold here only in the penal unless u get a pass but i doubt it

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  6. In the sierra of sinaloa there is no more pot just "gomeros" rallando bolas! The gov knows all about it they get there cut when they fiend the fields. One soldier goes with them when the compradores arrive and they get there cut .

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  7. WELL IF CONSUMPITION GOES UP IN THE USA ACOURSE PRODUCTION WILL GO UP NO MATTER WHAT PRESIDENT IS IN OFFICE

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  8. Don't kid yourself dumb ass, if you think it's bad right now, wait until your new president takes office

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  9. I'm also happy to see the story get out there. There's also a story about a guy found on a bus in Sinaloa, with over a half-kilo of WHITE heroin in his waistband.

    White heroin from Mexico is unusual, and if large quantities were to flood the US market, there could be a surge in addiction, overdoses, and use by teens.

    http://borderland-beat.924382.n3.nabble.com/Man-Arrested-with-White-Heroin-in-Sinaloa-td4025846.html

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  10. Only an idiot would support the "drug war"

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  11. You are disrespectful and this story should be pulled from main page.

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    1. Disrespectful to what? To informing the public of what a farce and complete waste of money d drug war is

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  12. Let me understand this. The answer to this heroin question and AIDS is to legalize marijuana, provide sterile injection locations and doctor prescribed heroin? This is tantamount to legalizing heroin. This is totally antithetical to what any heroin addict will tell you.

    This report sounds like a publication by some homosexual marijuana legalization organization. Nonviolent drug users. If you buy the stuff you are supporting violence. No such thing as a nonviolent drug user. You just have to look deeper.

    For one who has worked around heroin junkies for years I can tell you not one has ever said they believe heroin should be legal. They lead sad lives centered around a drug which they say makes them feel like holding satan in their hands when they get it. Their every moment is centered around obtaining heroin so they don't get sick.

    One big step would be to imprison every heroin dealer caught for life without parole. In time this would clean it up and give the addicts time to recover without the constant pushing of heroin back into their lives.

    Paying to jail dealers is better than paying to support an addiction of such a horrible drug. Some things you must continue to fight. I doubt any of the idiots involved in this study would want their kids on heroin, legal or not.

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    1. So you'll put the dealers in jail so the next one can take his place. One thing is a person who made the decision to take heroin, one dont just simply point a gun to someone and forces them to get addicted the drug. If you happen to be one of those lost souls then you should be treated. The point to legalizing drugs is to take it out of the blackmarket away from the mafias so it may be regulated by a legitimate government. Which I know its possible but due to this agenda the white men in power have. legalizing is nothing more than a dream in the minds of every person whos been affected by this genocide we call war on drugs.

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  13. Here again the link:
    http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/

    Aljazeera always provides an alternative view:
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201164135055160347.html

    L E G A L I Z E I T ! ! ! !

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  14. With respect u can blame this on the good old' UNITED

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  15. 41 years & 641 million dollars later, the US still continues to take the eradication stance. WRONG APPROACH! IT'S NOT WORKING!!! Legalize it, tax it, & use the money to help treat addiction & to establish anti-consumption measures.

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  16. I don't suppose the commission has a suggestion as to how the solve the problems, other than treating drug use as a health problem.

    I hope they do legalize all drugs. How will they pay for rehab programs for all the addicts when drug use is 1000% greater?

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  17. Funny. I was reading "El Narco" last night and read the chapter about how great Fox was. I used to like the guy until he started blaming the US for all of Mexico's problems. One of the biggest problems in the "war" is that no one will take any responsibility for their countries actions. Mexico, the US, Guatemala, Honduras, Columbia..... All of these people who run the drug trade volunteered for the job. Yes, some are forced into it, but the main people who run both sides signed up for the job. Mexico chooses to be the main supplier of drugs in the world, the US chooses to be the worlds largest user, Mexico chooses the closest and easiest route to get the guns (thanks Holder)....

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  18. Legalize heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Black label amphetamine all together. Let the CIA and DEA take over control and dispensing. Transitional all convicted on drug charges building a large and very strong workforce of those serving time for drug to make a significant transition in US policy. Over a 5 year period of time, train them to work oil field job and to build an electrical grid across the US to sustain a new direction in the USA. One that supports the "Made in the USA" label that once was the benchmark of the nation. Down size this monster prison system using it for those that rape, murder, rob, burglarize and steal. The other state and local governments that police drugs can be retrained and assigned to a new agency that is about small business and producing and manufacturing in the USA. Lets call it "The Made in the USA" agency. Put the drugs in the DEAs hand and take it out of the hands of people that want to get our children on them. And give very stiff sentences to those that choose to operate outside the law. Build an electrical grid across the US sustained by wind energy, solar energy, and natural gas. Set a benchmark on producing cars that do not use gas. And become the most powerful producing nation in the world as we once were. The only thing we are good at now is selling each other insurance, building houses for each other, police drug abuser, and building prisons. Lets do it here (manufacture) and stop offshoring all our jobs and production. Lets give some incentives to corporations to keep the jobs in the US. Screw this war that we cannot win that will most assuredly break us within 5 years. Lets surrender, reorganize and win. We cannot win a war on drugs. Face it, Americans love getting high to escape life's misery.

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  19. June 26, 2012 10:21 PM
    Anonymous said...
    Let me understand this <--- simpleton!

    Look @ most of asia's anti drug policys, Traffickers and dealers are EXECUTED. Has that even put a dent in the trade of drugs in asia? I guess i should answer cause you obviously dont have a clue. The answer is NO. And for someone who claims to work with users... you are quick to throw the word JUNKIE around. Big diff between a junkie and an addict... only someone street educated can tell you that.

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  20. Hahahaha big diff between a junkie an an addict? Hahahahahah. What's the diff? There is not diff other than the term used. Street educated? Wowwwww wtf the sh*t people write. Funny!!!!!

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  21. "When is enough,enough to Hell with all these druggies they are ruining the world,bankrupting countrys WTF"
    Hey man,what have you been smoking?You appear to be raving old man,you should really calm down,relax,go and try some of that devilish green weed.Who knows?
    It might make you think more clearly,instead of talking out your ass?

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  22. yeah baby more zombies.
    Man eats family pet.
    The incident in Waco follows a series of bizarre attacks by people allegedly high on synthetic drugs, including a Glendale, Calif. man striking a 77-year-old woman with a shovel last week, a homeless man eating the face off another homeless man in Miami in May, and a man in Milton, Fla. biting into the hood of a police cruiser in February.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/man-bites-dog-eats-dog-high-spice/story?id=16660512#.T-ymN5Hl85Y

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  23. Ok I'll bite. What is the difference between a junkie and an addict?

    And while you are educating all of us stupid people - who cares and what difference does it make to anything?

    If you leave the condescending attitude out of your comments readers will take them seriously.

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  24. I've always defined an addict as someone who uses a substance but it's not the be-all and end-all of their life (there are many "legal" addicts using methadone & working, etc - also medical addicts- cancer patients and so on). Junkies steal to support their habit, lie and manipulate, even kill....there's a big difference between the two. Both may rely on the black market for their meds, or on prescriptions. The problem is the black market money supports the type of stuff we read about on this website....legalizing drugs wouldn't solve all the problems, but one would hope that at least the major cartels would disappear.....

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