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Illicit drugs news and analysis from The Nation
November 2, 2022
Finding Hope Through Ketamine Therapy
Ellen Meyers has lived with the consuming grief of losing her only child for more than a decade. Ketamine therapy is helping her find some peace at last.
November 1, 2022
Meet the California State Senator Who Wants to Decriminalize Psychedelics
Can Scott Wiener convince the state that his bill will reduce the “sheer misery” drug use is causing now?
August 9, 2022
Synthetic Drugs Are Sending the Overdose Crisis Into Overdrive
US policy is keeping public health officials, scientists, and emergency-room doctors in the dark about a growing manufactured plague.
March 23, 2022
How the Netherlands Became a Global Cocaine Hub
The surge in trafficking through the Port of Rotterdam has coincided with spectacular violence.
March 22, 2022
From Opium to Saffron, the Ancients Knew a Thing or Two About Drugs
Scholars of antiquity are finding ever more evidence that psychoactive substances played a central role in ancient life.
Karen Polinger Foster
Sarah Kielt Costello
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February 28, 2022
The Spectacular Fall of Honduras’s Juan Orlando Hernandez
The former president will face drug charges in a US court, but it was the US that empowered him.
September 17, 2020
Why Drug Overdoses Have Gone Up During the Pandemic
“It’s really hard to think about recovery, or putting down substances, when your basic human needs aren’t being met.”
July 16, 2020
Austin, Texas, Just Voted to End the Drug War
Voters just nominated a candidate for DA who says, “On day one, we will end the prosecution of low-level drug offenses.”
December 27, 2019
Vape Bans Won’t Make You Safer
Harm reduction advocates oppose vaping bans of all kinds, arguing that vaping is the most effective way to permanently ease smokers off cigarettes.
April 9, 2019
America’s Drug War Is Ruining the World
A half-century of Washington’s harsh drug prohibition policies has brought misery to millions across the globe.