Drug Policy

Mexican Drug War Violence Hits A New Horrible Record

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Noted by Ian Vasquez at the Cato blog, linking to a Spanish-language newspaper report from Mexico:

In 2008, there were some 6,300 drug war killings in Mexico, double that of the previous year. El Universal newspaper in Mexico reports that deaths related to the drug war have just surpassed 7,000 since the beginning of 2009, with more than 1000 of those homicides in the last 48 days. That's a daily rate of 21.3 deaths for the year.

My interview from last month with Texas sociologist Howard Campbell on the Mexican border drug war and its nightmares. Jacob Sullum in June on how drug prohibition fuels Mexican violence.