Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of Mexico, speaks out on the fentanyl crisis that continues to spread in the United States, and he says the blame lies squarely with a lack of “hugs and hugs” among families.
López Obrador says ‘lack of love’ is behind the crisis
According to AP News, López Obrador’s comment came Friday amid criticism of the role of Mexican cartels in the crisis, which causes an estimated 70,000 overdose deaths in the United States each year.
However, instead of blaming these organizations, the politician focused on the “disintegration of families” among Americans. He also cited “a lack of love, fellowship, hugs and hugs”.
“There’s a lot of family disintegration, there’s a lot of individualism, there’s a lack of love, brotherhood, hugs and hugs.”
López Obrador continued, noting that US officials “should dedicate funds to address the causes.”
Experts believe fentanyl is ‘mass-produced’ in Mexico via China
Despite these comments, the DEA notes that fentanyl is “mass-produced in secret factories in Mexico with chemicals largely sourced from China.” Two organizations in particular – the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartels – are also singled out for being “primarily responsible for the fentanyl that is killing Americans today”.
The agency calls fentanyl “the deadliest drug threat facing this country.” While some users seek out fentanyl specifically, the narcotic is also often squeezed into fake pills or mixed with other drugs like heroin and cocaine. As a result, unwitting users can easily ingest lethal doses of the substance.
It should also be added that the effects of a fentanyl overdose can be reversed with Narcan (naloxone).
Additionally, as the outbreak continues, AP News reports that various state lawmakers across the country are seeking to impose tougher penalties on those caught in possession of fentanyl.
What do you think of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s comment on the “disintegration of families” in the United States?