Stories I might have missed: How is the downturn affecting illegal drug use?

Posted by Rob Walker on March 11, 2009
Posted Under: World News

In reading various articles about the alarming increase in the power and violence of the big Mexican drug cartels, I’ve noticed that while it’s always explained that said cartels have used their escalating profits in recent years to stock up on a dizzying array of weapons (often bought in the U.S. etc.)

What I haven’t seen is how their profits are holding up over the past six months or so. Is the downturn affecting demand for illegal drugs? One way or the other the answer would be interesting. Has that been written about and I just missed it?

Further diversion may be found at MKTG Tumblr, and the Consumed Facebook page.

Reader Comments

I wonder too about legal vices — specifically, are cigarettes sales up? I have noticed a lot more smoking around me on the streets by people of all ages/ethnicities. What I don’t know is if I’m taking note because I am growing increasingly intolerant of the smell or if there is actually more smoking happening as a stress reliever/distraction from larger woes.

Written By Sara Ivry on March 11th, 2009 @ 11:08 am

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