Americans were told by Mexico’s President Obrador that the United States’ fentanyl problem is caused by a lack of hugs and brotherhood.
Mexican President Defends His Country
According to the AP, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has faced criticism following the kidnapping of four Americans during a medical visit to Mexico, partly attributed the incident to U.S. family values, stating that parents do not allow their children to live at home for an adequate duration.
Mexican President Obrador sparked controversy by suggesting that U.S. families were partly responsible for the fentanyl overdose crisis due to a lack of hugs and family values.
He made the comments during a week of addressing the crisis caused by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid trafficked by Mexican cartels and blamed for approximately 70,000 overdose deaths per year in the United States. L
President Obrador called for funds to address the root causes of the problem, citing disintegrated families, individualism, and a lack of love and brotherhood as factors contributing to the crisis.
The Problem is From “Lack of Hugs”
López Obrador has made controversial statements about the fentanyl crisis in the United States, blaming it on the breakdown of family values and stating that parents in the U.S. do not allow their children to live at home long enough.
He has denied that Mexico produces fentanyl.
On Friday, the Mexican president told a morning news briefing that the problem was caused by “a lack of hugs, of embraces.”
“There is a lot of disintegration of families, there is a lot of individualism, there is a lack of love, of brotherhood, of hugs and embraces,” López Obrador said of the U.S. crisis. “That is why they (U.S. officials) should be dedicating funds to address the causes.”
President Obrador states Mexico’s strong family values have prevented the country from experiencing the fentanyl overdose crisis, while denying Mexico’s production of fentanyl.
However, experts suggest that Mexican cartels have made substantial profits from the U.S. market and see no reason to sell fentanyl in their home market.
Cartels Sell A Lot of Drugs
It is true that cartels frequently sell methamphetamines in Mexico, where the drug is more popular than fentanyl because it is purportedly used to help people work harder.
López Obrador has faced criticism from the United States, where there are calls to designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist organizations. Some Republicans have even suggested using the U.S. military to combat the Mexican cartels.
On Wednesday, López Obrador criticized the anti-drug policies in the U.S. as a failure and proposed a ban on using fentanyl in medicine in both Mexico and the U.S., even though only a small amount of the drug from hospitals enters the illegal market.
According to U.S. authorities, most of the illegal fentanyl is produced in secret laboratories in Mexico using precursor chemicals from China. A small portion of the illegal fentanyl market is created by diverting medicinal fentanyl, which is used as anesthesia in surgeries and other procedures.
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