Drugs

Opioid use, drug-related disorders on the rise: UN report

UN's drug agency says 30 percent more people used drugs in 2017 than in 2009.

Opioid use, drug-related disorders on the rise: UN report

AJ Impact

San Francisco is the first US city to ban e-cigarettes

New law seeks to curb underage use of the popular cigarette alternative.

San Francisco is the first US city to ban e-cigarettes

AJ Impact

Betting big on Botox: Rival company buys drug maker for $63bn

AbbVie's acquisition of Allergan is this year's second-biggest pharmaceutical-industry takeover.

Betting big on Botox: Rival company buys drug maker for $63bn

Crime

Manhunt for Italian mafia boss who escaped Uruguayan prison

Morabito - dubbed 'the king of cocaine' - was one of Italy's most-wanted men and had been on the run for 23 years.

Manhunt for Italian mafia boss who escaped Uruguayan prison

US & Canada

US authorities seize 16.5 tonnes of cocaine worth $1bn

Authorities in Philadelphia arrest two in one of the largest drug busts in US history, Justice Department says.

US authorities seize 16.5 tonnes of cocaine worth $1bn

Philippines

UN rights experts seek inquiry into Philippines killings

President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs has seen thousands of alleged dealers killed by police.

UN rights experts seek inquiry into Philippines killings

Asia Pacific

Australian police seize 1.6 tonnes of drug 'ice' in record bust

Officers discovered the drugs in vacuum-sealed packages hidden inside stereo speakers shipped from Thailand.

Australian police seize 1.6 tonnes of drug 'ice' in record bust

Europe

Europe fights the 'Uberisation' of cocaine trade

Purity is at its highest in years, as competition between dealers leads to innovations in cocaine trade, EU agency says.

Europe fights the 'Uberisation' of cocaine trade

US & Canada

US opioid crisis: Oklahoma calls drugmakers 'greedy'

Pharmaceutical companies are on trial in Oklahoma, the first US state to take opioid makers to court.

Drugs

First major opioid crisis trial in the US begins

Oklahoma accuses drugmakers of carrying out deceptive marketing campaigns that downplayed the addictive risks of opioids

Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson face off in first opioid crisis trial

US & Canada

US opioid crisis: Oklahoma takes Johnson & Johnson to court

Oklahoma court case could have major implications for United States' opioid crisis.

US & Canada

Canada's Ontario province to sue opioid makers

Announcement comes as the US state of Oklahoma is poised to become the first to go to trial against drugmakers.

Canada's Ontario province to sue opioid makers

Albania

Albania government denies links to organised crime

Protesters say the government in Tirana has failed to crack down on criminal gangs.

Albania government denies links to organised crime

Asia Pacific

Indonesia court sentences Frenchman to death for drug smuggling

Dorfin was arrested in September carrying a suitcase filled with about three kilograms of drugs.

Indonesia court sentences Frenchman to death for drug smuggling

UpFront

Is the so-called US 'war on drugs' really working?

We look at whether the arrest of Mexican drug kingpin 'El Chapo' has had any impact on the drug flow from Mexico.

Is the so-called US 'war on drugs' really working?