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The morning-after pill causes controversy in Costa Rican government

“If a woman is a victim of rape or if she has had risky sexual intercourse, she ought to have the option of free access to emergency contraception,” Inamu stated in a press release.

White House seeks nearly $1.2 billion for drug prevention, treatment, overdose response

WASHINGTON, D.C. – White House officials announced Tuesday that they will seek nearly $1.2 billion in new federal funding over the next two years to address the growing problem of heroin and prescription opioid use, an epidemic that has become an increasingly important policy priority among the nation's politicians.

In heroin fight, White House tries to break down walls between public health, police

As heroin overdoses and deaths soar in many parts of the United States, the White House plans to announce on Monday an initiative that will for the first time pair public health and law enforcement in an effort to shift the emphasis from punishment to the treatment of addicts.

Cost of drug war in Costa Rica too high, says former police officer

The turning point for Enrique Ceciliano, former delegation chief in the Southern Zone canton of Pérez Zeledón, came after one drug operation left a pregnant mother and her children without a home.

Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change.

The discussion starts here: "No policy has failed as badly in the past 30 years as drug policy."

Big Tobacco need not apply for work in the cannabis market

In his article entitled “Big Tobacco’s future as Big Marijuana,” Leonid Bershidsky advises investors that, “Big Tobacco is poised to dominate” the legal cannabis market, and for that reason, “Big Tobacco may be one of the biggest opportunities of a lifetime.” But potential investors beware: As Warren Buffet has said, “never invest in a business you can’t understand.” And it appears that Mr. Bershidsky doesn’t understand the cannabis business.

Marijuana activists push legalization of medical cannabis in Costa Rica

Latin American countries have been slow to follow Uruguay's lead in legalizing pot. A 2014 survey in Costa Rica found that 53 percent of the population supported the use of medical marijuana.

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