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Rory Stewart MP.

A politician battling to become the UK’s new prime minister admitted to smoking opium

Rory Stewart MP told The Telegraph the opium "had no effect" on him when he smoked it at a wedding, "because I was walking 25-30 miles a day."
A man lances a poppy bulb to extract the sap, which will be used to make opium, in the municipality of Heliodoro Castillo, in the mountain region of Guerrero, Mexico, January 3, 2015.

Mexican troops are in the streets to fight the drug war, and the country’s defense chief says legalization may be ‘a way out’

Mexico's defense minister said Friday that legalization could be a solution to the country's drug-related violence, and his comments are the first of their kind from a high-ranking military official.
An Afghan man works on a poppy field in Jalalabad province, May 1, 2014.

Afghanistan is producing a lot more opium than before the US invasion. The US just can’t stop it

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.

Afghanistan wants the US to send the A-10 back to fight the Taliban

The US is intensifying air operations in its 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, but the military has yet to decide whether the A-10 will return.
A soldier shows the lancing of a poppy bulb to extract the sap, which is used to make opium, during a military operation to destroy a poppy field in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan in Guerrero, Mexico, April 18, 2017.

Mexican heroin is flooding the US, and the Sinaloa cartel is steering the flow

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, despite internal turmoil and outside competition, has expanded its involvement in the heroin trade, feeding the US's opioid epidemic.

Opium production has set another record in Afghanistan — here’s where it increased the most

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.

Heroin is driving a sinister trend in Afghanistan

Afghanistan continues to be the world's biggest producer of opium, and it's changing out the Taliban operates.

The US and Mexico may be teaming up to fight heroin, but the enemy is tougher than it appears

US officials have observed several Mexican drug-eradication operations in recent weeks, signaling a renewed partnership on anti-drug efforts.