The fight against addiction is never-ending. It has been ongoing for so many years now. So many lives have been broken and there are those that have been restored as well. But one thing is for sure, that the problem still exists and the best measures to solve it are yet to be made. Just like what the Mexican government is doing right now.
The Mexican government announced Tuesday that it is ramping up efforts to fight drug addiction. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador laid out his plan to fight substance use that centers around prevention, starting with youth. “We are going to dedicate all of the resources of the state … in order to make sure that all of the youth are informed about this matter,” Lopez Obrador said in a news conference.
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He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to making sure young people have access to education, work and good salaries. Well-being, he said, will help counter increased levels of addiction.
As part of the plan, the government will only distribute messages about the new program against addiction. The president did not mention for how long the messaging campaign will last.
“I have given the command that for a while we are not going to transmit messages about what we’re doing in the government other than the campaign against addiction,” said Lopez Obrador. “This is what you will hear and see on the radio, on television and newspapers. Only this for a while.”
While the campaign to inform youth about the harm of drugs is the first step, Lopez Obrador said the government has not ruled out other methods of possibly decreasing addiction, including legalizing some drugs like marijuana.