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Illicit drugs news and analysis from The Nation
May 12, 2017
Welcome to the ‘War On Drugs,’ Redux
Punishing low-level drug offenders is back in style. Thanks a lot, Jeff Sessions.
February 6, 2017
The Advisers Inside Trump’s White House Want to Make War Everywhere
If only they could agree on where to begin.
December 7, 2016
Did the Opioid Epidemic Help Donald Trump Win?
New research shows that Trump made huge gains in counties with the highest rates of death from drugs, alcohol, and suicide.
November 3, 2016
The Philippines’ Drug Crackdown Is Creating an Atmosphere of Impunity for Anti-Union Violence
President Rodrigo Duterte’s government was elected on a pro-labor platform, but has so far failed to deliver.
October 27, 2016
The United States of Anxiety, Episode 6: Drugs, Gang Violence, and Other Suburban Problems
What does all of that have to do with Trump’s appeal?
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June 29, 2016
In Some States, Defendants Can Be Charged Hundreds of Dollars Just to Face a Jury
And other ways our judicial system bleeds the poor with debt.
April 25, 2016
‘Addiction Is an Adaptation to Your Environment’: An Interview With Johann Hari
Addiction, according to Johann Hari, is less about drugs and more about human connection.
March 11, 2016
The Senate Just Passed a Bipartisan Drug Bill—One That’s Not Meant to Put People in Prison
Lawmakers are finally talking about addiction as a public health issue.
September 24, 2015
The Rise and Fall of Guatemala’s Most Feared General
Otto Pérez Molina started his rise to power during a US-backed dirty war. The uprising against impunity that brought him down has been waiting in the wings ever since.
April 7, 2015
How the ‘Biden Plan’ Will Worsen the Plight of Central American Refugee Children
The vice president is promoting a 2016 budget that deepens the drug-war and free-trade agendas that contributed to the crisis.
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