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Mexico's President Denies His Country's Role in Fentanyl Crisis

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has grappled in recent days with the issue of fentanyl, which has become a major security concern. López Obrador has denied that Mexico produces fentanyl, which causes about 70,000 US overdose deaths per year.


Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador during the press conference at the Intelligence Center of the Secretary of Public Security and Citizen Protection in Mexico City on March 9.

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Ending Mexico's drug war is a complex and challenging issue, and it is not solely the responsibility of President Lopez Obrador. The drug war has been ongoing for decades, and it is rooted in a variety of factors, including corruption, poverty, and the demand for drugs in the United States. President Lopez Obrador has taken steps towards addressing the drug war, such as creating a new national guard and implementing social programs to address poverty and inequality. However, progress has been slow, and violence and drug-related crime continue to be major issues in Mexico. Ending the drug war will require a multi-faceted approach that includes addressing root causes, such as poverty and corruption, as well as reducing demand for drugs in the United States. It will also require cooperation between Mexico and the United States, as well as a willingness to consider alternative approaches to drug policy, such as decriminalization and harm reduction.


While President Lopez Obrador can play a role in addressing the drug war, it will take a concerted effort from multiple parties to end the ongoing crisis in Mexico. It is important for leaders to acknowledge the challenges and issues facing their country and to work towards finding solutions and implementing necessary changes.

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