Opioids have become synonymous with addiction, overdose and endless tragedy in the US—but in Uganda, low-tech, non-addictive doses of liquid morphine offer an affordable solution for poor people in extreme pain.   Touted as easier to make than a cup of coffee, the powdered…

In a new report and accompanying book, Brown University political scientist Peter Andreas lays out the inextricable relationship between war and psychoactive substances.  Some examples:

An abstinence-focused Alcoholics Anonymous program in Indonesia helped Sam Nugraha recover from heroin addiction—although the approach felt foreign to him, having grown up in the Malu culture that emphasizes concealing feelings.   Now, Nugraha runs a rehab center in…

The WHO’s decision to classify “gaming disorder” has stirred debate over what defines addiction. As with other types of addiction, a relatively small percentage of gamers (1-3%) become addicted—but that still amounts to tens of millions of problem gamers. The…

In the viral obituary of a 30-year-old single mother, one family shares with heartbreaking honesty how Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir enjoyed 12 sober days at home before her opioid addiction “stalked her and stole her once again,” they wrote in the Vermont newspaper Seven Days.

Over 3 million deaths in 2016 can be attributed to the harmful use of alcohol, the WHO revealed Friday in its global status report on alcohol and health.  

Old-fashioned cigarettes are plummeting in popularity, but ‘Juuling’ has taken their place as the symbol of teen rebellion once embodied by famed smokers like Marilyn Monroe—in the form of discreet, flavored nicotine. Marketed with its own version of “the Virginia Slims…

A below-the-radar opioid crisis is brewing in Africa as Tramadol pain pills flood the market. Tramadol offers a cheap and easily-accessible high similar to heroin. A key source of inexpensive pain relief in the developing world, the WHO has avoided regulating the drug.

Ghana is known as a transportation hub for cocaine and heroin, but less is understood about its addicts.   A lack of clean needles and rehabilitation services increase the risk of HIV infection, social isolation and crime among addicts.   Ghana is starting a “process of…

In 1980, a doctor and a graduate student published a short letter in The New England Journal of Medicine stating that “the development of addiction [to narcotics] is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction.” Decades of inaccurate citations of the analysis…