A History of Drugs and Violence


Drug trafficking and violent crimes often go hand in hand and nowhere is that more evident than in the country of Mexico. The Mexican Drug War has seen an ongoing armed conflict among rival drug cartels who fight each other for regional control. The cartels also fight against Mexican government forces and civilian vigilante groups. Since 2006, when intervention by the Mexican military began in earnest, the government's principal goal has been to stop the drug-related violence.

Although Mexican drug cartels, or drug trafficking organizations, have existed for several decades, they became more powerful after the demise the Colombian Cali and Medellin cartels in the late 1990's. Mexican drug cartels now dominate the illicit wholesale drug markets and since 2007, have controlled an estimated 90 percent of the cocaine entering the United States. Arrests of key cartel leaders, particularly in the Tijuana and Gulf cartels, have led to increasing drug violence as their members fight to control the trafficking routes into the United States.

The official death toll of the Mexican Drug War was estimated to be at least 60,000 by the end of Felipe Calderon's administration, which ran from 2006-2012, although unconfirmed accounts put the homicide toll above 100,000 victims.

Follow the Money Trail

Estimates of wholesale earnings from illicit drug sales vary, ranging somewhere between $13.6 billion to nearly $50 billion per year. The huge profits from these drug dealings are now frequently ending up in Western banks. A notable example was the HSBC bank in London, which was accused of laundering Mexican drug cartel profits from 2004 to 2010. A US Senate investigation showed that HSBC subsidiaries moved billions of dollars around the financial system from countries such as Iran and Syria, as well moving cash for Mexican drug cartels.

Drug Abuse in Mexico - A Growing Problem


Drug abuse in Mexico has been growing despite the government's apparent efforts to dismantle the drug cartels. Local drug statistics have shown that illegal drug use in Mexico - while still well below levels in the United States - rose by 87 percent between 2002 and 2011, according to the latest national survey. One and a half percent of survey respondents reported having consumed illegal substances in the previous year, compared with 0.8 percent in 2002.

Rehabilitation professionals caution that higher levels of use may exist, given that the data is self-reported. Some of the drugs that Mexicans are now abusing were not heard of in Mexico in decades past. But now, heroin, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine addicts are filling Mexican rehabilitation centers. As the top supplier of illegal drugs to the US, cartels have also made Mexico a consumer nation over the last decade.

The survey researchers also noted an alarming increase in drug use among women and adolescents occurred between 2002 and 2008.

Narconon Mexico Helps Drug Abusers Get Free of Drugs

Fortunately for those having drug problems in Mexico, help is available. Delivery of the full, eight-step Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program started in 1998 in the city of Queretero, in Guanajato north of Mexico City. The program begins with a relatively tolerable withdrawal period, soon followed by an intensive detox on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. After this step is complete, most former drug users report far fewer or even no more cravings for drugs.

Help is a Phone Call Away

Once the person has cleaned the body of drug residues and isn't plagued by cravings, most say it is easier to concentrate, so the Narconon program continues with five courses, one of which is designed to help a person handle the guilt and regret over the actions he may have done while on drugs. Each person in recovery also goes on to learn several vital tools to enable him to live a drug-free life. The program is so effective that the large majority of Narconon graduates remain drug free long after completing the program.

In Mexico currently, there are three Narconon rehab centers: the one in Guanajuato, one in Sonora and another one in Tijuana. At any of these locations, a person recovering from drug abuse can find caring staff who are dedicated to helping him regain his self-respect, personal values, and get free of drugs once and for all.

For more information about all of the Latin American Narconon locations, call today.


  • 'Mexico's war on drugs is one big lie', The Guardian, August 31, 2013. Available online at:
  • HSBC money laundering scandal draws in trade minister, The Guardian, July 18, 2012. Available online at:
  • As Mexico's traffickers ship drugs north, they leave addicts in their wake, The Christian Science Monitor, January 25, 2013, Available online at:

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