López Obrador assures that Mexico does not have the same consumption of fentanyl as the United States

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has assured this Friday that the Latin American country does not have the same consumption of fentanyl, an extremely addictive medicine from the opiate family, as the United States.

"Where do we have the greatest drug use? In some states or cities, but not widespread in the country"the Mexican president has been questioned at a press conference, alluding to the fact that it is necessary to "address the causes" of drug violence and not "for the purposes only" of this opioid.

López Obrador’s statements come after he announced on Wednesday that he is working on a measure to replace fentanyl for medical use with other types of analgesics and thus prohibit its importation into the country.

The debate over this opiate has occupied the front pages of the Mexican press in the last week due to the fact that the United States and Mexico launched a second phase of the ‘Bicentennial Understanding’ last weekend, an agreement to improve the bilateral strategy on security and public health, which will focus on the fight against fentanyl trafficking.

Washington announced in February sanctions against members of the Sinaloa Cartel, once led by drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo Guzmán’, as well as several Mexico-based entities, for being involved in the illicit trafficking of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

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