Mexican government uses footage of Philadelphia streets in anti-drug PSA

Government seeks to warn people of "damage caused to health by the consumption of chemical drugs."

Updated: November 12, 2022 - 11:05am

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An anti-drug public service announcement in Mexico is deploying footage of homelessness and drug abuse on the streets of Philadelphia in order to illustrate its message. 

The video, posted to Twitter by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spokesman Jesús Ramírez, urges viewers to be aware of the "damage caused to health by the consumption of chemical drugs," Ramírez wrote on Twitter

Footage in the spot depicts a large homeless encampment and several isolated homeless individuals, many of whom appear to be under the influence of drugs. 

ABC News reported that Ramírez "did not respond to repeated requests for comment as to where the government got the Philadelphia videos or why they used them."