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Legislation Challenges Efforts to Reduce Bolivia Female Prison Population

A new report says that progress made in lowering the number of marginalized women incarcerated for minor drug offenses in Bolivia is at risk of stalling unless...
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Are Mexico Crime Groups Fueling Rise in US Overdose Deaths?

New data shows synthetic opioid drugs are driving a sustained increase in overdose deaths in the United States, and booming seizures of these drugs by US and...
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Argentina Drug Decriminalization Could Throw Official Stats Overboard

The proposed decriminalization of personal drug use in Argentina, which will be soon debated in Congress, is poised to ignite a fresh debate over the country’s...
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Is Organized Crime Behind Uruguay’s Homicide Uptick?

After a spate of homicides in Uruguay, there is growing concern that violence is connected to organized crime groups, an assessment that could be premature and...
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Are Mexico President-Elect’s Security Proposals Wishful Thinking?

Mexico President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has set himself the task of shifting the country’s heavy-handed, militarized security policies against...
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More Cocaine Leaving Ecuador Shows Flaws in Anti-Drug Strategies

The growing role of Guayaquil, Ecuador as a hub for international cocaine trafficking reflects the changing dynamics of the Colombia-Ecuador drug trade, and shows...
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UN Report Calls for New Strategies to Curb Growing Global Drug Market

A new report from the United Nations says global cocaine and opium production are at an all-time high, and joins other international bodies in calling for more...
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Colombia Coca Production Hits New Record High, US Figures Say

US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, confirming a...
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How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is...
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Mexico Drug Policy Museum Invites Dialogue on Prohibition Alternatives

Mexico City hosted the Museum of Drug Policy, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations, from May 4 to May 6.* During the museum’s first tour in Latin America,...
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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former "cocaine cowboy" whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked...
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High Expectations for Legal Marijuana in Uruguay Despite Challenges: Report

A new report studying marijuana legalization in Uruguay suggests that the industry has a sustainable future despite some expected struggles, and could offer some...