Latin America Calls For New Anti-Drug Strategies At The UN

According to the U.N., despite the resources devoted to the war on drugs, drug production continues to grow while drug users have increased by about 20 percent in the last decade to almost 250 million people.

An addict prepares shoot up heroin after receiving a kit including a spoon, a rubber tube, cotton, sterilized water and clean syringes distributed by a program sponsored by the Open Society Foundation and government agencies in Dosquebradas, Colombia. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

Several Latin American countries have called on the United Nations to strengthen its anti-drug strategies by focusing on prevention and treatment rather than the long-standing militarized approach. Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico and Uruguay, among others, proposed this change in strategy at the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs on Monday.

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The Context Of Trump’s Vile Aggression Against Venezuela

The announcement of sanctions against Venezuela’s vice president conveniently left out some revealing, and self-incriminating, details.

A protester holds up an poster of Uncle Sam during a rally protesting U.S. regime change efforts in Venezuela at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

(ANALYSIS) --- On Monday, the U.S. launched its latest diplomatic attack on Venezuela by officially putting Vice President Tareck El Aissami on a sanctions list reserved for "drug kingpins" without offering any evidence or issuing any criminal charges. Venezuela was quick to respond, with the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez

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DEA Reverses Kratom Ban In Stunning Victory Against War On Drugs

The move comes after an impassioned Internet-based protest by a decentralized network of advocates and activists who contend the southeast Asian plant has tremendous medicinal value.

Green Bali Kratom powder is displayed next to it's packaging. Kratom, which is widely available in gas stations and other shops, is set to be banned by the DEA.

In a stunning reversal, the DEA has withdrawn its proposal to ban kratom and temporarily suspended efforts to make it a Schedule 1 drug. The move comes after an impassioned Internet-based protest by a decentralized network of advocates and activists who contend the southeast Asian plant has tremendous medicinal value. While not a permanent ruling,

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Judge Compares Drug War To Slavery, Bravely Refuses To Put Convicted Drug Felon In Prison

It appears that America has awakened to the problem of mass incarceration–an issue underscored by the fact that the U.S. holds less than 5 percent of the world’s population but houses about 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. Congress is now making a token effort at criminal justice reform, including the reduction of mandatory minimum […]

NYC Jails Federal Investigation

It appears that America has awakened to the problem of mass incarceration–an issue underscored by the fact that the U.S. holds less than 5 percent of the world’s population but houses about 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. Congress is now making a token effort at criminal justice reform, including the reduction of mandatory minimum sentences

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Study: Docs Who Get Company Cash Prescribe More Brand-Name Meds

The more money doctors receive from drug and medical device companies, the more brand-name drugs they tend to prescribe, a new ProPublica analysis shows. Even a meal can make a difference.

Prescription drugs line a cabinet in this March 25, 2011 photo. (Photo by Eric Hunsaker via Flikr)

Doctors have long disputed that the payments they receive from pharmaceutical companies have any relationship to how they prescribe drugs. There’s been little evidence to settle the matter — until now. A ProPublica analysis has found for the first time that doctors who receive payments from the medical industry do indeed tend to prescribe

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Could Iran Become An International Example Of Sound Drug Policy?

Iran already has very progressive harm reduction policies in place including the implementation of nationwide distribution of clean syringes to injecting drug users and methadone substitution treatment both inside and outside prisons.

Mideast Iran Narcotics

After Uruguay courageously legalised the use of cannabis under a new drug policy, could Iran be the next country to make it legal? From the outside, the image of Iran as retrograde and inherently conservative hardly fits with the reality of a more dynamic domestic political debate within. But drug policy is one of the areas of debate in which the

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