In 2013 stories emerged of gangs stealing plasma TV screens to use to make street drugs. It’s a myth, but it tells us something about South Africa’s social anxieties.
Current supply shortages may also be a problem for people in palliative care or receiving cancer treatment.
As the Afghan economy collapses, drugs and people smuggling are booming.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
In an effort to reduce costs, drugmakers and dealers often cut, or adulterate, recreational drugs with substances that have been banned by the FDA.
Having taken charge of multiple vital border trading posts, the Taliban is now increasingly in control of the Afghan drug trade.
Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
Opioid-related deaths in Australia have been on an upward trend in recent years, having doubled since 2006.
A new report counts the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illegal opioid use in Australia for 2015/2016. The numbers are fairly grim.
Pharmacists are well positioned to provide communities with a lifesaving drug.
Prices are surging amid shortages and panic-buying – and we could soon be facing a public health disaster.
Opium played a fascinating role in southern African colonial politics, conﬂict and social change - from the poppy fields of Mozambique to the early days of Johannesburg city.
From colonial poppy fields to pharmatrash, southern Africa offers a fascinating history of drug regimes – one that helps us make sense of drug policies and legislation today.
Treatments for opioid dependence, such as methadone and buprenorphine, are effective. But some people who stand to benefit are missing out.
In the early 1970s, rumors about poisoned candy on Halloween led to mass paranoia. A historian explains why such fears emerge – and what, in reality, feeds them.
Opioid overdoses killed 47,000 Americans in 2017 — more than gun violence. Many fewer would have died if they’d been treated with the life-saving drug naloxone, also called Narcan.
Most Kenyan women were introduced into drug use by male sexual partners in their teenage years.
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.
With the exception of Somali piracy, counter-measures have failed to stop transnational criminal networks from taking to the seas.
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.