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.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said ice is far more potent, far more dangerous, and far more addictive than any other illegal drug. Is that supported by the data?
Here's how the Psychoactive Substances Bill will stand in the way of human flourishing.
Peru's economy is booming, but it has a terrible cocaine habit that could cause it problems.
'El Chapo's' jailbreak seemingly confirms American narratives that represent Mexico as a corrupt, sluggish and failing state. Overlooked is America's own role in the rise of powerful drug cartels.
Indonesia's war on drugs aims to protect the country's young generation from an alleged "national drug emergency." But the government's coercive approach is harming the people it wishes to protect.
It is unlikely that drug testing in workplaces and at nightclubs will have any discernible impact of rates of use.
As Mexico limbers up for a national poll, its neglected and corrupt institutions are unable to curb a terrible wave of violence.
Australia's politicians were unable to make the most persuasive argument for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran because Australia is also a combatant in the misguided war on drugs.
International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. But Indonesia should maintain its tough anti-drug stance.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
There is no doubt methamphetamine can cause harm. But when politicians hijack drug issues and overplay them for political purposes, that too can cause harm.
Ideas about drug use that are used to justify the death penalty for smuggling don't hold up under scrutiny.