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Prescription painkillers: a major contributor to the US's opioid epidemic
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Ohio Lawsuit Latest in Cross-Border Push against Opioid Epidemic

Ohio is the latest US state to take legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioid painkillers. Attempts to strangle the legal supply of these drugs at...
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
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Blacklisting of Mexico Heroin Trafficking Group Could Signal Changes to US Strategy

The US Treasury Department has assigned a little-known heroin trafficking group based in Mexico to its "Kingpin" list, raising questions as to why US...
Fentanyl is feeding the opioid epidemic in the US
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Mexico, US to Improve Efforts on Fentanyl as Mexico Seizures Rise

Fentanyl seizures in Mexico are on the rise, prompting Mexico and the United States to pledge to boost bilateral efforts to combat the production and trafficking of...
Guatemala declared a state of emergency in two municipalities of the San Marcos department
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Guatemala Communities Clash Over Opium Crops Allegedly Tied to Mexico Cartels

Guatemala has declared a state of emergency in a border area where two local communities employed by rival Mexican cartels are fighting over poppy cultivation, a...
Mexico poppy eradication efforts
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US to Fund Mexico Opium Eradication to Hit Heroin Crisis at Home: Report

The United States has reportedly offered to help fund Mexico's eradication of opium poppy, raising questions about the efficacy of the supply-focused approach to...
Las Moicas have reportedly grown by exploiting California’s heroin market
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Meet the Little-Known Mexican Cartel Operating in California

A little-known drug trafficking group in Mexico called "Las Moicas" has not only successfully defended its foothold in the US heroin market for years against...
US President Donald Trump
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5 Ways Trump’s Deportation Plan Helps Criminals

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to...
Mexico's cartels have transitioned from brown "tar" heroin to "china white"
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China White, Mexico’s New Heroin Threatening the United States

Over the last ten years, US anti-narcotics agencies have witnessed a heroin epidemic that tripled the number of heroin addicts and caused more than 40,000 overdose...
Seized drug shipment
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GameChangers 2016: Drug Production and Consumption – Patterns and Performance

The drug world in the Americas is undergoing seismic shifts with changing patterns of drug production and consumption that are reshaping organized crime in the...
A potential lethal dose of fentanyl (2 milligrams)
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US Arrests Drug Company Execs for Allegedly Fueling Opioid Epidemic

Top executives of a US pharmaceutical company have been arrested for allegedly scheming to overprescribe the highly addictive opiate fentanyl, one of the main...
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
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Giuliani’s Work for Firm Behind Heroin Explosion Sparks Controversy

In addition to potentially scuttling his chances of securing a top job with the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani's...
Self-defense groups in Guerrero
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Conflict in Mexico’s Heroin Heartland as Self-Defense Groups Cry ‘Narco’

Two self-defense groups in Mexico's troubled state of Guerrero have accused each other of involvement in organized crime, illustrating the complexity of the...