A truck with migrants crossing the Sahara from Niger in 2009.
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Livelihoods which communities have relied on for centuries are being criminalised by heavy-handed state restrictions.
An Afghan boy collects raw opium east of Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2018.
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As the Taliban, warlords and corrupt public officials vie for drug profits and power, it will fuel even more instability in the country.
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.
Pain of the sick: ‘Anatomy of Expression,’ by Sir Charles Bell, 1806.
In today’s opioid crisis, why are some people with addictions treated with empathy and others with disdain? The answer to that question has roots in the 19th century.
Fentanyl: increasingly lethal.
Synthetic opiates are a growing problem.
Drug related deaths are on the rise, but federal funds to programs that mitigate drug abuse are being cut in 2018.
Drug deaths are rising faster than ever. How did we get here and what to do about it?
Opiates have emerged as a significant threat to public health in the UK.
This legal synthetic drug feels like you’re taking an opioid but it lasts 24 hours.
Methadone is used mainly to treat dependence on heroin, but also other prescription drugs. It is sometimes used to treat severe chronic pain.
But not defunct just yet.
Yeast can produce opioid from sugar but although a proof of concept, we’re still far away from production at scale.
The home-baked illicit drug krokodil first emerged in provincial Russia during the early 2000s.
Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad drug policies can…
Electric stimulation to certain areas of the brain has been used to release mu-opioid, an opiate-like substance that alters…
Consumption of cocaine globally rose by 27% between 1998 and 2008.
Australia must abandon its failed war on drugs and reopen the debate over legalising and regulating their use, according to a report to be released tomorrow. The report, emotively titled “The prohibition…