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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...
Marijuana produced in California
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How California’s Legalization of Marijuana Impacts Mexico’s Cartels

US voters in three states -- including California -- have approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, a decision that is likely to accelerate the trend of...
Protesters demonstrating to raise awareness about opioid abuse
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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...