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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.

Mexico Cartel Tied to Argentina’s Second-Largest Cocaine Sting

Mexico Cartel Tied to Argentina’s Second-Largest Cocaine Sting

Authorities believe that the second-largest cocaine seizure in Argentina's history is linked to a Mexican cartel that exploited an unusual trafficking route, suggesting that Argentina's transshipment role is continuing to grow, most likely due to both domestic and international drug-related developments.

US Reverses Course in CentAm with Heavy-Handed 'Drug War' Approach

US Reverses Course in CentAm with Heavy-Handed 'Drug War' Approach

In a meeting held with the presidents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America last week in Miami, the administration of US President Donald Trump reiterated that henceforth the focus of bilateral relations will be prioritizing heavy-handed approaches to the so-called "drug war" and illegal migration to the United States stemming from the region, with little significance being given to the allocation of development funds. 

More Mixed Signals from US State Dept on Colombia Aerial Eradication

More Mixed Signals from US State Dept on Colombia Aerial Eradication

The US government has continued issuing mixed messages following controversial statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that implied the White House was pushing for Colombia to return to outdated and potentially harmful aerial fumigation of drug crops.

US Calls to Revive Colombia Coca Fumigation Could Damage Peace Process

US Calls to Revive Colombia Coca Fumigation Could Damage Peace Process

US President Donald Trump has apparently called on his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos to lift Colombia's ban on aerially fumigating illegal crops, a dangerous and previously unsuccessful strategy that does not address the root causes of cocaine production.

Argentina to Expand Drug Treatment Program for Minor Crimes Nationwide

Argentina to Expand Drug Treatment Program for Minor Crimes Nationwide

Argentina's national government is scaling up a pilot project that provides treatment instead of incarceration for drug addicts accused of minor crimes, an initiative that could contribute to lower rates of recidivism and prison overcrowding. 

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm.