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El Chapo and Felix Gallardo, both prominent leaders within the illicit drug business, caused an uprising in drug manufacturing within Mexico. The demand for narcotics paved the way for drug trade operations to overrule the way of life of impoverished communities. The Drug War, a term officially developed to describe the excruciating battle between cartels and their presence in society, has caused chaos within communities and politics. These effects have been a challenging obstacle for many governments, especially the Mexican government. The solutions that helped the Drug War are now far from becoming a reality. Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) have overruled the government and risen to power. The status of these groups has continued to rise as the quality of life in Mexico decreases. Overall, the lack of economic opportunities influences people to get involved either directly or indirectly in the business. This is done out of desperate measures or survival. However, poverty affects crime and violence which is another consequence of the Drug War. The government encourages corruption, and a society that does not progress instead fails to thrive. There are other negative effects of the drug war, but poverty, violence, and corruption within politics are concerning. The current regime in the country has not been met with success. The population has learned to endure the impacts of a drug war as the need for change is apparent.

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