Drugs + Money

Methadose: A Parable of Putting Profit Before Human Lives

Imagine being on a medication, any medication, and all a sudden it doesn’t work anymore. It only works for about…

June 24, 2020

FDA Greenlights Private Sector to Purge Websites Selling “Unapproved Opioids”

A new private-public partnership aims to purge the internet of "unapproved opioid" vendors in the name of ending the so-called…

June 10, 2020

US Forces Deployed to Colombia to Help Wage Futile War on Cocaine

Diplomatic officials announced May 27 that the US is sending an armed forces unit to Colombia. From June, the Security…

June 1, 2020

Mexican Police Accountability Data Missing from US-Backed Drug War Reports

The US State Department is failing to monitor its Mexico drug war projects that have cost $3 billion since 2008.…

May 14, 2020

Growing Coca, Poppy May Be Latin Americans’ Economic Safety Net Amid Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has interrupted transnational drug supply—but that might not last long, the UN Office of Drug and Crime…

May 12, 2020

Why Some Appalachian Pharmacies Refuse to Dispense Buprenorphine

Some pharmacies in Appalachia, a region hit hard by the opioid-involved overdose crisis, are denying opioid use disorder patients access…

April 29, 2020

Inside the Gangs Handing Out Pandemic Supplies in Rio’s Favelas

For many tourists, Rio de Janeiro is all carnival, caipirinhas and Copacabana. But there’s another side they don’t always get…

April 27, 2020

Intubated Patients Need Fentanyl. The DEA Had Recently Cut Production.

As the pandemic sweeps the country, overwhelming intensive care units with patients in need of emergency respiration, medical-grade fentanyl is…

April 14, 2020

Tensions Rise in Kensington, Philadelphia as Lockdown Bites

Like much of the nation, Philadelphia has come to a virtual standstill. At publication time, Philadelphia County had almost 6,400…

April 14, 2020

African HIV Responders’ Funding Hit Hardest by US Abortion “Gag Rule”

Organizations working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa have been the most impacted by President Donald Trump's 2017 revival…

March 23, 2020