New Delhi: United States President Barack Obama named India, along with other 21 countries, as the country that rampantly produces major illicit drugs within its boundaries.
The other countries in the list include Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Myanmar, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Obama further said that countries like Venezuela, Myanmar and Bolivia had failed to fulfil the obligations under the international counter-narcotic agreements and had not taken adequate measurements to curb the menace of drugs.
“In concert with international partners, the US is expanding its domestic and international funding for drug treatment and recovery support programs based on empirical scientific evidence that shows that substance use disorders are medical conditions and must be treated as such,” said the US president.
Accepting the fact that the War on Drugs had resulted in violent outcomes that would resonate for a long time, Obama said that there was a growing international consensus that counter-narcotics programs should be designed to curb violence and improve the health and the safety of the individuals.
One such example of hard-handedness against drug dealers is Philippines where President Rodrigo Duterte has unleashed a terror against drugs use as more than 2,000 people have been killed so far.