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US-led counterdrug efforts in Afghanistan have failed to reduce narcotics cultivation and production, but the US hasn't been the recipient of that increased production.
The drugs are picked up on banknotes, tables, and surfaces.
To compare addictive drugs, scientists averaged 3 factors: physical harm, dependency or addiction, and social harm. Here are the top in the dependency category.
Every year, thousands of patients receive a prescription for drugs ranging from morphine to fentanyl — and every year thousands of people die from an overdose.
"As the scientific data [has] clearly revealed, compounds in kratom make it so it isn’t just a plant — it’s an opioid," FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, despite internal turmoil and outside competition, has expanded its involvement in the heroin trade, feeding the US's opioid epidemic.
Despite increased eradication efforts, opium cultivation and production both hit record levels in the country this year.
The stench from an overcrowded morgue in one of Mexico’s most violent areas forced a government shutdown
A protest by about 60 workers over unsanitary conditions at the morgue shut the facility down for about three hours.
These maps show that counties where opioid deaths and prescription rates are highest are also places where Trump won big in 2016
Counties in Appalachia and parts of the West have been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis. They also overwhelmingly backed Trump in the 2016 election.
Thousands of US drug courts have sprung up with the goal of diverting defendants with addiction issues to treatment, rather than prison. But there are problems.