US to Fund Mexico Opium Eradication to Hit Heroin Crisis at Home: Report

4/24/2017 InSight Crime

opium_poppy_field_-_mexicoThe United States has reportedly offered to help fund Mexico’s eradication of opium poppy, raising questions about the efficacy of the supply-focused approach to drug control that both countries have adopted.

If the United States and Mexico can reach an agreement on how the major heroin-producing nation would do more and better eradication in the future, then the United States would be prepared to help fund it, US Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William Brownfield said in recent comments to Reuters.

“That is on the table, but I don’t want you to conclude that it’s a done deal, because we still have to work through the details,” added Brownfield, without putting a figure on how much the United States may be willing to provide Mexico.

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