Illegal Drug Use in Mexico

According to the national survey of drug abusers in the country, the number of illegal drugs users in Mexico rose by 87 percent between 2002 and 2011.

1.5 percent of respondents to the survey reported using an illegal drug in 2011, compared to 0.8 percent in 2002.

In the capital of Mexico City, 45 percent of the 12-14 year old who used illegal drugs within the previous sniffed inhalants.

The highest levels of drug abuse in the country is in the north along the border with the United States, where 2.3 percent of the population abuse drugs. Most of the drugs used in this region is methamphetamine and heroin, which is also the illegal drugs that are smuggled into the United States.

The rate of heroin production in Mexico tripled between 2004 and 2012.

Source:  Laura Vilagran, “As Mexico’s traffickers ship drugs north, they leave addicts in their wake,” Christian Science Monitor, January 25, 2013.