by Devin Shaw
The Failing Drug War
Mexican prison systems are overcrowded, understaffed and riddled with corruption.
40% of inmates are being held without trial due to a law that states the prison can continuously add 30-day sentences if they are suspected of being involved in organized crime (red). Mexicos prisons are at 125% max capacity (orange). 65,000 Mexican officials admit to taking a bribe (green), which includes about 33% of police officers (grey).
This graph displays body counts in 2 war torn countries vs. the number of murders in Mexico. From these stastistics it is clear that there is an issue especially because around half of Mexicos's killings are organized crime related civilian murders and most others are murdered police officers.
9 out of 10 victims of the Drug
War are members of an
organized crime organization
(Los Zetas, Sinaloa Cartel, JNGC)
of Americans were written a prescription for anti-depressents in 2010
Out of the
Americans 12 and older, who report having either complete addiction or at high risk for addiction
But only 1 in 10 report getting any treatment
Legislation should be concerned with the effects on public health from over-prescribed medications, not cannabis or psilocybin both which record zero deaths annually