From cringeworthy to scary: a history of anti-drug PSAs

Mar 26, 2019
We remember anti-drug PSAs for reasons their makers didn't intend.
Illustration by Rose Conlon, images courtesy of Partnership for a Drug-Free America, National Crime Prevention Council and Truth.

Susan Burton's fight to stop a cycle of 'institutional abuse'

May 9, 2017
After doing several stints herself, helping women transition out of prison is personal.
“Life has took me on a journey, and through much of that journey, I didn't feel whole, connected and grounded,” said Susan Burton.
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Heroin's back - but prescription opiates are still a bigger problem

Jan 9, 2014
An increase in heroin use has been reported in many states, in part in response to government efforts to restrict access to prescription opiates.

Boom times for opium cultivation in Afghanistan

Nov 13, 2013
516,000 acres in Afghanistan are dedicated to growing opium poppies.

Feds and Mexican drug cartels find common ground on legalized marijuana

Aug 8, 2013
You know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.
Fast Eddy Aki'a of Hawaii smokes a joint as thousands gathered to celebrate the state's medicinal marijuana laws and collectively light up at 4:20 p.m. in Civic Center Park April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
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President Obama's drug policy adviser on medical marijuana and enforcement

Nov 29, 2012
The administration's drug policy after the "war on drugs."

As U.S. pot laws evolve, some Mexicans question their policy

Nov 27, 2012
Recent votes to legalize marijuana in Colorado and Washington state have some Mexicans calling on their government to reconsider its drug policies.

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Border town business grapples with Mexican gang violence

Oct 11, 2012
This week Mexican marines took out the leader of one of Mexico's most powerful drug gangs, the Zetas. There's some hope this might disrupt their reign of terror there and open up cross-border business and trade.

Legalize drugs? VP Biden says no.

Mar 6, 2012
In Mexico, Vice President Biden signals the administration is not open to changing drug policy.