Afghanistan

'Hashish is nothing. All anyone wants now is tablet k'

Users describe why they are increasingly addicted to so-called tablet k pills, a drug that officials know little about.

'It's something we use for fun': A new street drug in Afghanistan

Kashmir

'We received patients as young as eight': Kashmir's drug problem

Boys and young men are turning to hard drugs such as heroin, as efforts to raid poppy fields do little to stem crisis.

'We received patients as young as eight': Kashmir's drug problem

United States

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

The notorious drug cartel boss was found guilty on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case.

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Philippines

What is the human cost of Duterte's drug war?

UN to investigate alleged human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings in anti-drug campaign.

What is the human cost of Duterte's drug war?

AJ Impact

Reckitt to pay $1.4bn in US opioid probe settlement

Settlement is the largest by any company related to the United States opioid epidemic.

Reckitt to pay $1.4bn in US opioid probe settlement

Philippines

Amnesty to UN: Probe Duterte's 'crimes against humanity'

Rights group blasts Philippine police abuses as former top enforcer defends recent deadly raid saying 's*** happens'.

Philippines

Philippines faces call for UN inquiry into war-on-drugs killings

Activists back call for UN action, saying 27,000 people have been killed in Duterte's campaign against narcotics.

Philippines faces call for UN inquiry into war-on-drugs killings

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka president rejects UN chief's appeal over hangings

Maithripala Sirisena says he has signed death warrants for drug offenders but gives no date for executions.

Sri Lanka president rejects UN chief's appeal over hangings

Health

Malaysia to decriminalise drug use, says health minister

Malaysia has some of the world's most punitive drug policies, but the new government is reviewing the approach.

Malaysia to decriminalise drug use, says health minister

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