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Costa Rica Local Drug Consumption Fueling Rising Murder Rate

Costa Rica Local Drug Consumption Fueling Rising Murder Rate

An increase in domestic drug sales and consumption in Costa Rica appears to be fueling rising homicides, but authorities have tended to blame foreign crime groups rather than focusing on internal factors behind increasing violence.

Uruguay Pharmacies to Begin Selling Legal Marijuana

Uruguay Pharmacies to Begin Selling Legal Marijuana

Beginning on July 19, Uruguay's citizens will be able to legally purchase marijuana from pharmacies, a milestone in the process of establishing a legal market for the drug and a valuable experiment for the region, despite setbacks and potential shortcomings.

Argentina's First Drug Use Data in Years Confirms Booming Local Market

Argentina's First Drug Use Data in Years Confirms Booming Local Market

Argentina's government has revealed national drug consumption data for the first time since 2010 in a report that uses hard statistics to illustrate the country's growing local drug market.

Rising Seizures and Consumption in Argentina - the Next Brazil?

Rising Seizures and Consumption in Argentina - the Next Brazil?

Rising cocaine seizures in Argentina coupled with growing concerns about domestic consumption could be signs that the Andean nation may be headed down a similar path as Brazil, although questions remain.

Opioids Cause Biggest Negative Health Impact Worldwide: UN Report

Opioids Cause Biggest Negative Health Impact Worldwide: UN Report

Opioid use accounts for the biggest negative health impact worldwide associated with drug consumption, according to the latest United Nations World Drug Report, a concerning trend as the opioid market becomes more diversified and opium production rises.

Though it is not on the agenda of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held April 14-15 in Colombia, the question of drug legalization will be on everyone's minds. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has called for countries to debate a new strategy and other leaders in the region, most notably Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos, have joined him. US President Barack Obama will have to face down them and others in a rare show of unified defiance from US' allies in the region. InSight Crime examines the thorny subject in this series of special reports.