"Drug trafficking and the violence associated with it are fed by high levels of consumption," the department said in a statement that contained a veiled reference to the United States, the leading market for illicit drugs. "Drug use reduction goals are not always met by countries in the region."
In a separate report Thursday, the government said the number of jobless workers filing for unemployment benefits rose by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 215,000 last week.
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