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Report Links US Drug Lobby to Opioid Epidemic

Report Links US Drug Lobby to Opioid Epidemic

A new report sheds light on how the US pharmaceutical industry has poured millions of dollars into an effort to stop public health measures aimed at curbing over-prescription of opioid drugs, indirectly feeding the US heroin epidemic and Mexico's deadly boom in heroin production.

US Singles Out Bolivia, Venezuela Counternarcotics Failures

US Singles Out Bolivia, Venezuela Counternarcotics Failures

US President Barack Obama has once again named mostly Latin American countries as being those most responsible for drug trafficking or production and has singled out the anti-narcotics efforts of the United States' biggest political adversaries in the region for the most criticism.

Uruguay Takes New Step Toward Legal Marijuana Sales

Uruguay Takes New Step Toward Legal Marijuana Sales

Uruguayan authorities have announced that they will soon establish a registry of marijuana users, the latest step in a long process of realizing historic drug policy reforms approved nearly three years ago that legalized the sale of the drug for recreational use. 

Argentina Ups its Game in Drug Precursor Chemical Seizures

Argentina Ups its Game in Drug Precursor Chemical Seizures

Argentina reportedly seized over 700 tons of precursor chemicals used in drug production during the first seven months of 2016, a clear sign that authorities are taking steps to clamp down on this illicit industry.

President Macri's Perilous Gambit on Militarization in Argentina

President Macri's Perilous Gambit on Militarization in Argentina

The United States and Argentina share some common features. The most significant in terms of civil-military relations and defense-security separation is that since the return of democracy to Argentina in 1983 the country has adopted a system very similar to the US Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by which the Department of Defense is prevented from interfering in domestic law enforcement.

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.