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Diagnosis of the drug problem in latin america

Latin America accounts for the entire world production of coca leaf, cocaine paste and cocaine hydrochloride, with which it supplies the world market. The agents involved in the illicit drug economy are so resourceful that they are able to change or move production zones and trafficking routes as market opportunities and control measures require. Marihuana production, for both domestic consumption and export, is also found in different countries and areas of the region, and poppy–growing and opium and heroine production, basically for export but also to supply growing domestic markets, are on the increase. As regards trafficking, the Caribbean area is still the most heavily used route for supplying drugs to the United States, but the Pacific route, via Central America, has increased its share. River transport through Brazil from the coca– and cocaine–producing countries has recently become significant.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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