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Lawmakers urge Biden to back opioid-treatment measure
10 Feb 2021
Bipartisan group calls on president to ‘deliver on your promise’ to expand access in early test of administration’s opioid strategy
Cocaine: falling coffee prices force Peru’s farmers to cultivate coca
9 Feb 2021
A slump in world coffee prices has pushed farmers in Peru’s central jungle to rip up their plants and replace them with coca leaf – the raw material used in cocaine.
Boston’s “Methadone Mile” and the Wars on Drug Users, Unhoused People
9 Feb 2021
Four gentrifying Boston neighborhoods—Roxbury, Dorchester, the South End and South Boston—collide and form the intersection of Massachusetts Ave and Melnea Cass Blvd, named for a revered Roxbury civil rights leader. For short, “Mass and Cass.”
Meth Use Is on the Rise in Southeast Asia – And COVID Is To Blame
29 Jan 2021
An excess of drugs in the Golden Triangle region due to COVID export restrictions has led to an increase in meth use among young people and workers.
What Harm Reductionists Want From Biden’s “Drug Czar”
27 Jan 2021
On January 20, the Biden administration announced Regina LaBelle as acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. LaBelle, who previously served as the ONDCP’s chief of staff during the Obama administration, appears to be more aligned with harm reduction than a typical candidate for the role.
Icelandic Government Proposes Drug Decriminalisation
24 Jan 2021
The Icelandic government has proposed the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use by adults, and this week launched a consultation exercise to gauge public opinion on the matter.
£250m pledge to tackle 'national disgrace' of Scots drug deaths
22 Jan 2021
The Scottish government has pledged an extra £250m over the next Holyrood term to tackle the "national disgrace" of drug-related deaths.
The Biden Administration and Drug Policy: Expectation Versus Reality
20 Jan 2021
As President Joe Biden replaces President Trump, advocates are balancing hope with more realistic expectations about how much progress the new administration is willing to make over the next four years.
Mexico’s Fentanyl Crisis Reached New Heights in 2020
18 Jan 2021
Annual drug statistics for 2020 show fentanyl on the rise across Mexico, with numerous drug cartels fighting for control of the blossoming market.
For 50 years, zero tolerance to drugs has failed – yet Britain refuses to change
15 Jan 2021
The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has needlessly criminalised thousands of people, and done nothing to tackle abuse
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