To understand how heroin took hold in rural America, we need to go back 2 decades and look at the surge of prescription drug use in Portsmouth, Ohio, according to journalist Sam Quinones. In the 1990s, Portsmouth doctors freely dispensed prescription drugs, many of which…

In the wake of 4 deaths linked to drug overdoses, the police department of Gloucester, Mass., has taken a bold stance in the fight against the epidemic of opioid addiction in the US. Any addict who comes to the police station with their drug paraphernalia and/or drugs, and…

In the digital age, the globalized drugs scene has grown too complex and fractured for existing laws to control—a situation vividly illustrated by the rapid emergence of “legal highs,” officially called novel psychoactive substances (NPS), writes Nicola Davison in The…

Homeless men in Chicago say that Puerto Rico’s municipal government and police arranged one-way tickets for them to receive heroin addiction treatment in the US. Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, editor of the bilingual newspaper The Gate, heard this story over and over. She…