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Illicit drugs news and analysis from The Nation
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
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.”
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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.
January 31, 2019
Forget the Wall—the Opioid Crisis Is Trump’s Real National Emergency
Opioid overdoses claimed nearly 50,000 American lives in 2017 alone, more than 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
November 12, 2018
4 Years After the Forced Disappearance of 43 Students, a Father Is Still Looking
The disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa is not over for Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño.