Sinaloa, 10 years behind in drug use prevention: Conasama  


MAZATLÁN.- In terms of drug use prevention and mental health support, Sinaloa has a delay of at least 10 years in applying strategies and awareness, according to the mhGAP model of the World Health Organization, reported Martha Alicia Torres Reyes , head of the Sinaloa State Commission for the Prevention, Treatment and Control of Addictions. 

This, within the framework of the Workshop on Priority Mental Disorders and Addictions, which consists of training all state health personnel in care for people with addictions, especially under this international model that implements strategies aimed at the mental health of each person. 

     “This intervention guide was approved and was created to be launched internationally since 2010 and has the objective of humanizing the care of mental health diseases and drug use, which is serious.” 

Torres Reyes pointed out that, according to the records of the Conasama, the largest number of people by addiction are due to methamphetamine and the deaths due to the mixture between these and fentanyl, which has caused greater concern in the health sector to mitigate consumption. 

“Methamphetamines continue to be the most widely used, the one with the greatest impact and potential for addiction but terrifies us that fentanyl is added to these drugs. In deaths we go between 14 to 16 cases in three years,” she said. 

Having the Health Sector and the rehabilitation centers trained under the international modality will help them improve care for addicted people, but not only that, but also their families, since living with a person with addictions causes collateral damage such as depression.  

The state commissioner added that the training is provided for 400 people a month, from the north to the south of the state, she estimates that, by the end of the current administration, at least 50 percent of the Health Sector personnel will be trained, between centers rehabilitation, health centers and public, private hospitals. 

 Source: Punto