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Colombia, UNODC Sign 'Historic' Agreement on Coca Policy

Colombia, UNODC Sign 'Historic' Agreement on Coca Policy

Colombia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement to cooperate on the Andean nation's coca reduction strategy. But the plan's success will likely depend on the Colombian government's uncertain ability to provide a promised investment of hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years.

Weekly InSight: The DEA and the Heroin Crisis in the United States

Weekly InSight: The DEA and the Heroin Crisis in the United States

In our October 26 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley and "Dreamland" author Sam Quinones discussed the homegrown opioid and heroin crisis in the United States.

Greatest Drug Threat to the United States Is Homegrown: DEA

Greatest Drug Threat to the United States Is Homegrown: DEA

The homegrown problem of prescription painkiller abuse continues to be the biggest, deadliest drug threat to the United States, according to the DEA's latest National Drug Threat Assessment report. The Trump administration must focus on prevention at home as well as anti-narcotic measures abroad, if it is to tackle the problem. 

Colombia’s Struggling Anti-Coca Strategy Needs US Backing: Report

Colombia’s Struggling Anti-Coca Strategy Needs US Backing: Report

A new report quantifies the progress of Colombia's coca crop substitution program under the peace agreement, and calls for US leniency and support despite a rocky start and a closing window of opportunity.

Who Are the Real Targets of Bogotá’s Crackdown on Crime?

Who Are the Real Targets of Bogotá’s Crackdown on Crime?

It was just before rush hour on August 23 when the Bogotá district police and SWAT squad came for the gangs of the Cartuchito, an area with a potent illicit drug trade and open consumption of bazuco, a cocaine derivative similar to crack. Clad in anti-riot gear and armed with batons and tear gas, police were sent in to "reclaim" the area "for the citizens," the city's Department of Security later tweeted. But that was the spin.

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.