By Mike LaSusa and James Bargent for Insight Crime. The latest report by the International Narcotics Control Board illustrates the region-wide correlation between developments in drug trafficking, drug use and criminal violence in Latin America.

According to the newly released 2015 report the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the body responsible for overseeing implementation of United Nations drug accords, drug trafficking has not only become a major security threat in the Americas, it is also contributing to rising drug use in countries involved in drug production and transshipment. These local drug markets in turn are generating increases in violence as criminal groups fight over the right to control them.

The report describes “growing concern at the increasing levels of drug abuse” in South America, where conflicts between crime groups over local drug distribution have been tied to rising violence in parts of ColombiaBrazil and Argentina, among other countries.

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