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|US, Mexico Align to Reduce Drug Use|
José López Zamorano - The News
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February 26, 2010
Washington, DC. – Mexico and the United States agreed Thursday to reduce the abuse of illicit drugs and its consequences on public health by establishing national, bilateral and regional measures.
The eighth bilateral conference regarding the decrease in drug abuse also included discussions on innovations in the judicial system.
“The abuse of illegal drugs affects society, endangers families, and generates illegal profits that feed corruption, crime and violence,” a joint report said. “We will try to make progress in practices of effective social reintegration, including the development of diverse treatment, work, counseling, and rehabilitation options.”
The United States said that it will soon publish the National Drug Control Strategy that will be comprised of an early warning system for identifying new narcotics and a continuous report on the efficiency of policies that aim to reduce drug trafficking.
Mexico said that through its program of Actions for Prevention and Treatment of Addictions, it will implement its own policy to address the needs of people with drug-related problems. Mexico’s strategy will emphasize prevention through the collaboration of public, social and private institutions. In the United States more than 22 million people over 12 are undergoing drug rehabilitation. Mexico treats about 500,000.