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Mexico: in last six years the consumption of cocaine has doubled.

José Ángel Córdova in the Organization of American States. Photo Credit to Notimex

During a military ceremony in Mexico, the Minister of Health Jose Angel Cordova, told reporters that the administration has invested 2 billion dollars in the fight against illegal drugs addictions.

However, the federal officer acknowledged that it is worrying that in the past six years the use of cocaine has doubled and the consumption of marihuana has increased in 50%.

The health secretary said there was a tendency for those under 18 who consume alcohol and tobacco andf those youngsters are more likely to start in the consumption of illegal drugs and, therefore, efforts at family and institutional level should focus on preventing minors from testing prohibited substances and try to increase the number of  young people who can say no to drugs.

The commissioner of the National Council Against Addictions, Carlos Tena, agreed that marihuana, cocaine and other drugs are being consumed more frequently in the country, which is a social problem, but also a health issue, considering the physical and emotional situation among addicts, even among young people Mr Tena is just as concerned about the intake of alcohol.