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Profits and poppy: Afghanistan's illegal drug trade a boon for Taliban
The United States spent more than $8 billion over 15 years on efforts to deprive the Taliban of their profits from Afghanistan's opium and heroin trade, from poppy eradication to airstrikes and raids on suspected labs. That strategy failed.
An Anti-Opioid Panic Left Prisoners in Needless, Agonizing Pain
The doctor who cut off the pain meds had been hired by the state after he was barred from working in emergency medicine for neglect and misconduct in a private emergency room.
Out of harm's way. How transforming drug policy will redefine harm reduction
Years ago, when I was part of a team introducing harm reduction programming into a country where at that time it was a new concept, we described our work as reducing the negative consequences of drug use. But over the years I have come to realise that the ills which harm reduction mitigates are not the consequences of drug use, but rather of drug policies.
Publications
More data on drug related deaths—a clear warning sign that all is not well in the UK New evidence shows the risk of drug related death is more acute in deprived areas—a finding that tells us a lot about the UK’s underlying structural inequalities.
Alternatives to Prohibition with Dr Sheila Vakharia and Prof Alex Stevens This week’s episode features Doctor Sheila Vakharia and Professor Alex Stevens, together with Professor Nutt they will be talking about decriminalization and drug policies in the US and the UK. Has both countries’ drug policies arisen from colonialism and social class hierarchy? What are the consequences of the policies that can be witnessed today? Are there any reasons for drug criminalisation?
Drug Control Sri Lanka A Broken System: Drug Control, Detention and Treatment of People Who Use Drugs in Sri Lanka.