The conviction of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who evaded justice in Mexico, is a win for US officials. But it's a pyrrhic victory in the war on drugs.
Being part of a gang may increase the chance of dying young, but when gang members leave their old lives behind, they can find that their street smarts come in handy.
A study of over 700,000 state and local drug arrests shows that two out of three cases involve a small amount of illegal drugs.
The fungus birch polypore has a remarkable list of medicinal uses.
When you think of steroid users, it's likely you picture a male in the gym with huge muscles. But all sorts of people use steroids for all sorts of reasons.
Almost 20% of people in the 2019 Global Drug Survey had been taken advantage of while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
While the majority of teenagers don't take illicit drugs, there's still a chance you might be offered them. Here's how to say no, according to an expert.
Every year, thousands of medical devices and drugs are recalled in the US. But the decision to recall a flawed product is often left up to the manufacturer.
Before being qualified as "magic", certain mushrooms were considered sacred by the ancient peoples of Mexico. We explore their history and relationship to Mesoamerican religion and medicine.
Before marijuana was legalized, people argued over how it would affect taxes, crime and teens. But only now is there enough data to settle some of these debates.
Whistleblowing on doping can and does have life-altering implications for athletes – new research.
The UN's new rights focus has the potential to overhaul the punitive nature of the war on drugs.
Baby boomers have shown the fastest rise in rates of alcohol and drug misuse in the last 15 years.
OxyContin maker Purdue has reportedly been mulling a bankruptcy filling, just as the first of around 2,000 lawsuits against it prepares to go to trial.
The technology to identify pills is getting cheaper and smaller. That means it could also be used to test the make-up of illegal pills at festivals and other events.
Artificially intelligent drug design programs could discover new therapies for conditions that are difficult or prohibitively expensive to cure.
A safety committee convened by the FDA has declared esketamine safe for severe depression. But isn't this drug the same as ketamine, an illegal street drug? A medical anthropologist explains.
It's ineffective to use drug dogs at festivals and in public places because they're much more likely to catch small-time users than suppliers.
Understanding the pleasure drugs give people would help to prevent the harms.
A new study suggests that MDMA could be a useful therapeutic tool.