Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article
Subject Matter: Heroin and Fetanyl consumption in both countries
Recommendation: No prior subject matter knowledge required
During her visit to the United States, the head of the PGR, Arely Gomez, agreed to create a bi-national group to lower the consumption of heroin and fentanyl in both countries.
Mexico and the united States agreed the formation of a bi-national group to confront the problem that is occasioning both countries, the consumption of heroin and fentanyl, drugs that have been the cause of many deaths.
The accord was made between the Prosecutor General of the Republic, Arely Gomez Gonzalez, during a working visit she made to Washington, United States.
The bi-national group will be headed in Mexico by the Prosecutor General of the Republic.
"t is a topic that affect all in Mexico and the United States, through all the deaths that we have had of people consuming heroin or fentanyl, its a very grave situation, but its nothing more than one can do to tackle it in a shared manner", said the Prosecutor.
Fentanyl is an opiate used in the treatment of pain for people with cancer, however its consumption has elevated in the American Union and various people have died of overdoses, already it has been said that it is 50 times more potent than heroin.
According to information from the DEA, the illicit use of the pharmaceutical fentanyl started in the middle of the decade of the 70's in the medical community and since has been a problem for the United States.
Until now there have been 12 types of fentanyl that have been produced in clandestine form, and form part of drug trafficking. The biological effects of fentanyl are almost similar to that of heroin, with the exception that it can be hundreds of times more potent.
Fentanyl is the drug most used by the administration intravenously, but like heroin, but it can also be inhaled, said the DEA.
The anti-drug agency said that this pharmaceutical is produced by the Mexican cartels in laboratories that Federal forces have managed to dismantle.
Original article in Spanish at Milenio