United States

Trump signs bipartisan legislation to combat US opioid crisis

Legislation is geared to expanding access to drug addiction treatment and crack down on illicit drug shipments.

Trump signs bipartisan legislation to combat US opioid crisis

South Africa

On night patrol with a South African vigilante group

In Galeshewe township, a group of men and women patrol the streets, dishing out 'blessings' to suspected criminals.

Latin America

Colombia's cannabis users light up in protest against crackdown

Critics questions whether President Duque's decree banning personal drug possession will any effect on criminal organisations, production or trafficking.

US & Canada

California to grant parole to nonviolent third-strike criminals

Some are serving life sentences for offences as trivial as shoplifting or possessing small amounts of narcotics.

US & Canada

US: Can supervised injections of illegal drugs save lives?

Initiatives aim to reduce overdose deaths as the country faces of its worst drug epidemics in history.

Canada

US threatens to stop Canadian pot businessmen at border

Canadian firms already have extensive cross-border exchanges of supplies, technology and investment in marijuana sector.

US threatens to stop Canadian pot businessmen at border

Canada

Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational cannabis

More than 100 legal marijuana shops to open across the country on Wednesday as government throws out pot convictions.

Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational cannabis

Africa

South Africans want a bigger crackdown on narcotics

Increased policing has failed to curb drug gangs' operations and many communities suffer from addiction epidemics.

Asia Pacific

Mayor on Duterte's 'drug list' shot dead by gunmen

Mariano Blanco of the town of Rondo was the 11th mayor killed since Duterte came to power in June 2016.

Philippine mayor on Duterte's 'drug list' shot dead by gunmen

Drugs

'I carry yaba to survive': Rohingya and Bangladesh's meth trade

Some Rohingya men are increasingly getting involved in peddling yaba, a popular methamphetamine in Bangladesh.

'I carry yaba to survive': Rohingya and Bangladesh's meth trade

Bangladesh

Are activists being killed amid the war on drugs?

Alamgir Badsha, an opposition activist, died late July. He's one of more than 200 people who have been killed since May.

Are Bangladesh activists being killed amid the war on drugs?

Middle East

Lebanon to consider legalising medicinal cannabis

According to the UN, Lebanon is one of the largest producers and exporters of cannabis and now the government wants to stop destroying the crop and cash in on the lucrative market.

Latin America

Mexico: town hall talks to find solutions to drug violence

The country is experiencing its most violent year on record.

Latin America

Colombia's drug trade: Efforts to eradicate coca cultivation

Colombia tries new tactics to stop the illicit drug trade, but some people say they could do more harm than good.

Opinion

Can AMLO end Mexico's devastating drug wars?

AMLO's campaign promises of amnesty fall short of the reality of the country he is about to take the helm of.

Carli Pierson

by Carli Pierson

Carli Pierson