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LatAm Crime Groups Adapting to Meet Growing US Drug Demand

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the United States, with a record number of overdose deaths, crime groups in Latin America have taken advantage of the...
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US Fentanyl Seizure Suggests Evolving Mexican-Dominican Links

US authorities arrested two Dominican citizens in connection to a multimillion-dollar fentanyl shipment delivered from Mexico, suggesting that relations between...
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Who Controls Colombia’s Enduring Heroin Trade

Reports have emerged that guerrilla group the ELN has taken control of the heroin business in the south of Colombia, which, if confirmed, would represent a huge...
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Documentary Series Examines Role of Mexico’s Crime Groups in US Opioid Crisis

A new documentary series exploring the opioid epidemic ravaging cities across the United States underscores the role of Mexican organized crime groups in the...
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New US Opioid Measures Undermined by Lack of Funding, Personnel

New measures to fight the US opioid crisis demonstrate the White House’s interest in using the issue as a political cudgel, rather than attacking its...
Dudley and Quinones discuss heroin trade
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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...
Prescription drug poisoning is the leading cause of US drug overdoses
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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...
The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year
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The FARC’s Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of...
US President Trump's plans lack preventative measures
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Can Trump’s Tough Approach ‘Win’ Fight Against US Opioid Crisis?

US President Donald Trump pledged to ramp up enforcement efforts against the opioid crisis gripping the nation, but the long-awaited announcement on a strategy to...
Opioid overdoses kill 90 people every day in the US
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New US Opioid Task Force Lacks Focus on Treatment, Prevention

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a specialized opioid detection unit to address the drug abuse crisis afflicting the country, one of the first major...
Cocaine availability may be rising in Europe
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Europe Feeling Effects of Cocaine and Opioid Crises: Report

A new report indicates that the availability of cocaine and synthetic opioids is on the rise in Europe, a sign that the continent is feeling the effects of...
Opioid drugs now account for the largest amount of negative health impact worldwide, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime
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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...