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Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further

A group of 22 medical experts convened by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet have called this week for the decriminalization of all nonviolent drug use and possession. Citing a growing scientific consensus on the failures of the global war on drugs, the experts further encourage countries and U.S. states to "move gradually toward regulated drug markets and apply the scientific method to their assessment."

In Mexico’s mountains, villagers sow the opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom

Wearing a straw hat, a polo shirt and jeans, Jorge slices the bulbs with a razor blade, releasing a sticky paste -- the raw material of a growing heroin epidemic feeding addicts in the United States and fueling violence in Mexico.

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.

Colombian family arrested with 3 kilos of heroin and cocaine in their stomachs

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian police said Monday they had arrested a family of four, including a teenager, who were together carrying 91 cocaine and heroin capsules in their stomachs.

Tom Petty was a heroin addict in the ’90s. Here’s why he’s finally talking about it

Warren Zanes' new biography of Tom Petty is a penetrating profile in which the rock star tells about his heroin addiction for the first time.

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.

Duh: DEA finally admits marijuana is safer than heroin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It's official: the U.S. government's top drug cop has acknowledged that marijuana is less dangerous than heroin.

Former pot growers fueling the US heroin invasion

With the wholesale price of marijuana falling – driven in part by decriminalization in sections of the U.S. – Mexican drug farmers are turning away from cannabis and filling their fields with opium poppies.

Prescription-drug battle fuels rise in heroin use in US

From the beginning, the U.S. government's decade-long crackdown on abuse of prescription drugs has run an unsettling risk: that arresting doctors and shuttering "pill mills" would inadvertently fuel a new epidemic of heroin use.

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