Study Blames Spike In Homicide Rates on Mexican Drug War

Often, the premise for escalating a drug war is the promise that drug-related violence will be reduced. Kill the violence-doers, and less violence will be exacted. It makes sense; but it doesn’t always work.

Increasingly — as even even some drug policy experts are starting to acknowledge — evidence suggests the opposite happens. Now, another new study confirms that the military’s intervention in the Mexican drug war served to escalate homicide rates and encourage violence, not deter it.

For nearly a decade — beginning with President Felipe Calderon‘s drug-fighting policies in 2006 — the Mexican government and military have been waging an internal war against drug traffickers.

Recently, statistical analysts at Harvard University set out to determine the effect of this ongoing effort on violence in affected regions.

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