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Drug addiction, violence and poverty in Mexico

Once considered as a mere pathway to smuggle drugs to the U.S., Mexico is now suffering from rapid increase in drug addiction. The National Addiction Survey in 2008 reported that the number of people who had used drugs increased by a million between 2002 and 2008 – from 3.5 million to 4.5 million.* At the intersection of social sciences, the humanities and public health, Angela Garcia, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology tells how drug addiction, violence and poverty are related and where she sees hopes for a better future in the region.