China

China set to regulate all fentanyl-related drugs

Beijing will add fentanyl analogues to controlled-substance list in May after US pleas to crack down on the opioids.

China set to regulate all fentanyl-related drugs

Prescription drugs

Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270m settlement in Oklahoma

Purdue Pharma LP has been accused of helping exacerbate the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

United States

US opioid epidemic: Study warns about 'third wave' of fentanyl

While most victims are white, overdose deaths are rising faster among black people and Latino Americans.

Africa

Guinea-Bissau drugs: Raid intercepts 800kg of cocaine

Police in Guinea-Bissau has seized a consignment of nearly 800kg of cocaine that was destined for Mali.

Human Rights

Drug offence executions more than halve in 2018 after Iran reform

Report warns that populist governments advocating use of death penalty may undermine global progress towards abolition.

Drug offence executions more than halve in 2018 after Iran reform

Opinion

Has the decade-old war on drugs in Asia succeeded?

Data shows that brutal anti-drug policies have failed to curb drug trade and use across Asia.

Claudia Stoicescu

by Claudia Stoicescu
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Asia

Over 100 drug dealers surrender in Bangladesh crackdown

In 2018, Bangladesh launched a 'war on drugs' after the proliferation of illegal substances, mostly pills called 'yaba'.

Over 100 drug dealers surrender in Bangladesh crackdown

Asia

Inspired by Duterte, Sri Lanka to resume executions

After visit to the Philippines, president says he is committed to bringing back capital punishment for drug offenders.

Sri Lanka to resume executions of drug convicts: Sirisena

Mexico

Mexico to spend $20m on search for the missing

Government to create new forensic institute and dedicate $20m to identify Mexico's estimated 40,000 missing people.

Crime

Jury to begin deliberations in trial of drug lord 'El Chapo'

After 200 hours of testimony over nearly three months, the Mexican drug lord faces the prospect of life behind bars.

Jury to begin deliberations in trial of drug lord 'El Chapo'

Middle East

After war, Iraq battles drugs as people seek solace in heroin

High levels of unemployment and poverty in Iraq lead to an alarming rise in heroin addiction.

Drugs

Americans 'more likely' to die of opioid overdose than car crash

Opioid overdose has become the fifth most probable reason for preventable death, according to a new report.

Americans 'more likely' to die of opioid overdose than car crash

Asia Pacific

Duterte launches new tirade against Catholic Church

Controversial president says his country's bishops are 'sons of b*****s' and 'most of them are gay'.

Philippines' Duterte launches new tirade against Catholic Church

Myanmar

Myanmar cracking down on opium, but conflicts push drug trade

UN report shows less land being used to grow opium poppies, but conflicts hampering eradication programme.

Myanmar cracking down on opium, but conflicts push drug trade

Philippines

Philippines 'narco-politician' killed in anti-drug raid

Ex-Parang town mayor accused of illegal drug trade fatally shot by police in alleged exchange of fire in Catobata City.

Former Philippine mayor, brother killed in anti-drug raids