Pioneering Oregon Drug Law Off to a Rocky Start

Oregon law enforcement agencies are failing to issue violations akin to traffic tickets to drug-users, a key component of the recently passed Measure 110, which decided low-level drug possession in the state should no longer be a crime and that addiction should be treated as public health issue.

Colombia Captures Notorious Drug Lord Compared to Escobar

Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord, Dairo Antonio Úsuga, widely known by his alias, Otoniel, and  the alleged leader of the notorious drug-trafficking group Clan del Golfo, or Gulf Clan, which dominates major cocaine-smuggling routes in the country’s north, has been captured by armed forces in his jungle hideout and faces extradition to the United States.

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Major Pharmacies Face First Federal Trial in Opioid Epidemic

The nation’s leading pharmaceutical chains — CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle, and Walmart —were in federal court Monday to face charges connected with their role in the opioid epidemic. While the case only focuses on two Ohio counties, many are looking to see how this legal precedent will turn out.

Opioid Deaths Spur Canadian Push to Decriminalize All Drugs

Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says a surge in overdose deaths should persuade policymakers to think about substance use through a health lens, and focus “on how to help people be well, rather than face criminal penalties.”