Health

Prescription heroin

Unconventional treatment for Canada's opioid crisis.

Sport

Bolt loses Olympic gold as teammate fails drug test

Jamaican 4x100m relay team stripped of gold medal after Carter was found guilty of doping at 2008 Olympic Games.

prison

New Brazil prison clash kills four in Amazon region

Behind the prison bloodshed is an escalating feud between Brazil's biggest drug gangs with about 100 killed in a week.

Drugs

Australian announces record cocaine haul

Authorities in Sydney arrest 15 men allegedly involved in smuggling of contraband worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Philippines

Prisons and rehab overcrowding in the Philippines

As death toll rises, Philippine prisons and drug rehab centres fill to capacity as many try to avoid the same fate.

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines Duterte defends police accused of murder

Tough-talking president says he's willing to go to jail for policemen accused of "rubbing out" a drug-linked mayor.

Murder

Probe finds Philippine police killed mayor in jail

Probe contradicts President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that imprisoned mayor linked to illegal drugs died in a gun battle.

Drugs

A brief history of war and drugs: From Vikings to Nazis

From World War II to Vietnam and Syria, drugs are often as much a part of conflict as bombs and bullets.

Portugal

Portugal: Fifteen years of decriminalised drug policy

Portugal treats addicts as patients, not as criminals, after 15 years of decriminalised drug policy.

Philippines

Philippine mayor killed in police shootout

Mayor of Saudi Ampatuan was on a list of people identified by President Duterte as being involved in the drug trade.

Brazil

Is Brazil's new strategy to help drug addicts doomed?

Sao Paulo implements a "harm reduction" programme in Crackland approaching addiction as a health issue, not a crime.

Mexico

Mexico judge who handled drug-cartel cases killed

Federal Judge Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias shot in head at point-blank range near Mexico City, but motive unknown.

Philippines

Philippines: Drug raids and prisons

A glimpse inside the police operations sweeping the Philippines as part of President Duterte's war on drugs.

Mexico

Mexico's Colima state: The drug war flashpoint

Once a calm place, today Colima is at the centre of the drug war where cartels battle over key smuggling routes.

Mexico

'El Chapo' sons suspected of deadly Mexico ambush

Five soldiers killed and 10 others wounded after 60 gunmen ambush a military convoy transporting a drug suspect.