For years, people who used drugs were treated like criminals, often given long sentences. Now there's growing acceptance that addiction is a treatable disease, but shame and discrimination linger.
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Researchers know how to curb the risks of overdose and disease among drug users, but policymakers are reluctant to allow public health measures that include needle exchanges and access to safer drugs.
President Nixon called for an "all-out offensive" against drugs and addiction. The U.S. is now rethinking policies that led to mass incarceration and shattered families while drug deaths kept rising.
Young adult author Randy Ribay says it's tough having "a dual identity" in a world "where people want you to be one thing." His new novel explores the Philippine government's deadly war on drugs.
A court found all three men guilty of murder and sentenced them each to 40 years in prison for the 2017 killing of a 17-year-old who police said they suspected was a drug runner.
The country's rising cocaine production has alarmed Washington, which has spent more than $10 billion over nearly two decades to attack the illegal drug trade in Colombia.
Despite international criticism and thousands of people killed, 7 to 8 out of 10 Filipinos continue to support President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, according to the latest polls.
Leila de Lima, 57, was jailed in February on President Rodrigo Duterte's orders, after she launched a Senate investigation into Duterte's bloody war on drugs. It's not the first time they've tangled.
The state legalized marijuana at the start of 2014 for anyone 21 or older. An increasing rate of Latino and black youths were arrested for violating that age limit, even as the white arrest rate fell.