The psychotropic substances abuse constitutes one of the public health issues in the Northern border, which is found both in Mexico and the United States. This health phenomenon affects both children and teenagers regardless of gender, social class, or region of origin.
Treatment centers along the United States border have found high rates of heroin addiction, with a big proportion of it being consumed intravenously, which is a high-risk practice for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C transmissions. Meanwhile, prescription drug abuse has maintained low levels of incidence. On the other hand, alcohol abuse has increased among adolescents, and tobacco smoking has decreased. In relation to tobacco and alcohol, risk perception of their consumption has been constant on the first one and decreased on the second one, accordingly.
To that end, the Commission has dedicated itself to increase access to health and prevention services and to improve the training of health professionals, so they can educate the general public about reducing legal and illicit substances abuse.