As in other parts of the world, the war on drugs in Southeast Asian countries has huge social, moral and medical costs. Now, an approach that places harm reduction at its centre is gaining support.
In this TC Global Explainer, two Latin American scholars lay out the basics of drug policy, expose the 'war on drugs', and offer reform suggestions.
In Brazilian prisons, overcrowding, corruption and gang infiltration are a combustive combination. But it all started with bad drug policies.
Duterte says there are three million drug users in the Philippines. There are almost certainly many fewer than that.
The foul-mouthed, tough-talking president of the Philippines is ironically a pragmatist on foreign policy.
Complaints about the ban of kratom, often used by recovering opiate addicts, have been vociferous, but not always backed by facts.
There are many similarities between wildlife poaching and the cultivation of drug plants like the coca bush or the opium poppy.
Violent cops are just playing by the rules American society has created for them. It's time to change the rules.
Recent developments in the US suggest it might be time for Australia to rethink its reliance on private prisons.
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.
In sports, what's considered fair play has changed throughout history. At one point, even looking 'too poor' was grounds for exclusion.
Changing drugs laws can have some very unexpected consequences.
There are scores of reasons why people get hooked on drugs. But governments play a key role, too.
As of next month, all legal highs will be banned in the UK when a new law comes into effect. Don't expect it to work.
As recently as 10 years ago, Mexico had a press freedom index on par with the United States. How did everything fall apart so quickly?
Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo hinges on a moral exploration of a man who lives in the public imagination as a super-villain. The story unravels because its voice does not enable moral insight.
Colombia has set up a new peace process to secure justice for hundreds of thousands of victims of the FARC. But it's tried and failed at this approach before.
Testing drugs at music festivals not only means we can assess whether they contain anything unexpected, but it's an opportunity to try to change the behaviour of users.
Penalties for drug traffickers in Iran are harsh but it also has progressive policies for addicts. Is it time to go further?
Both Netflix's Narcos and the documentary Cartel Land fall into the trap of sensationalising violence and in doing so horribly simplify the story.