The powerful Sinaloa cartel built an empire by smuggling cocaine through Mexico to the US. But the cartel is shifting its focus to a new, more potent drug to keep up with changing US appetites. At a lab in Sinaloa’s heartland, cartel members told Insider how they’re working to keep […]
Singer Lily Allen, 35, opened up about her addictions on The Recovery podcast with DJ Fat Tony. She revealed that performing as an opening act on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour in 2014 negatively affected her mental health. Allen described being addicted to Adderall, and said she considered taking heroin at […]
States around the US voted in November to loosen their laws around drug possession, signalling an end to the decades-old war on drugs. Some states legalised recreational marijuana. Some legalised or deprioritized the use of magic mushrooms. Oregon became the first in the nation to decriminalize the possession of small […]
Federal authorities busted an alleged drug ring in New York City and found drugs in envelopes stamped with the word coronavirus, the DEA said. Other labels included a Kobe Bryant reference, “Hiroshima,” and “isis,” according to a press release. Six people were charged with crimes following the investigation and seizure, […]
A Florida man was arrested in December and spent a month in jail on charges of heroin possession. However, the substance in question was actually powdered laundry detergent. Matt Crull told ABC-affiliated WYFF 4 that it was “surreal when you’re sitting in jail with a half a million dollars bond, […]
A recent report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked the 10 deadliest drugs in the United States. The rankings for 2016, the most recent year data is available, show that fentanyl is the most frequently mentioned drug in relation to overdose deaths. This marks the first […]
President Donald Trump said without any evidence that needles in San Francisco are flowing into the Pacific Ocean and attributed the problem to the city’s homelessness crisis. City officials quickly refuted the claim. Trump’s comments likely refer to a concentrated epidemic in the Tenderloin neighbourhood, home to one of the […]
Mexico’s defence minister said Friday that legalization could be a solution to the problem of drug-related violence in the country’s southwest. Officials in Mexico have already pushed for legalization as a way to reduce bloodshed, and the incoming government has said it will consider such a policy. Mexico is the […]
US-led counterdrug efforts have failed to stem the tide of heroin flowing out of Afghanistan. Cultivation has increased, but a number of factors outside of those failed efforts have led to that increase. But the vast majority of opiates produced in Afghanistan don’t reach the US. In 15 years in […]
Drugs like cocaine are incredibly prevalent in some cultures. So much so, they can end up on the hands of people who have never touched drugs before. New research from the University of Surrey has found that over one in 10 people has traces of cocaine and heroin on their […]
The US is seeing the highest drug overdose death rates ever recorded in history. Opioid painkillers are the heart of the problem. People are overdosing on prescription drugs from doctors and illegal drugs purchased on the black market. The path to death can start innocently, with a benign prescription for […]
Kratom is a drug derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia. On Tuesday, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb released a statement officially calling the drug an opioid because of its links to 44 deaths and its molecular structure. Still, there is limited available research on kratom, and the FDA’s research […]
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