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Catching a Kingpin: The Hunt for ‘El Chapo’ and the Deadly Lessons of the Opioid Crisis

When drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last month, many people scored it as a major victory in America’s drug war. But in a conversation with TCR about his new book, Jack Riley, the DEA agent who helped bring Guzman to justice, said the country still hasn’t learned the real lessons of the struggle with opioid cartels and their enablers.

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After El Chapo: Ignore Drug ‘Kingpins’, say Experts

As jurors begin deliberations this week in the trial of the Mexican drug boss, some observers fear a conviction, while welcome, could reinforce an outdated Washington strategy of going after “drug kingpins”—and complicate already dangerous power struggles in the deadly narcotics trade.

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Classifying Pot as ‘Dangerous Drug’ Undermines Federal Policy

Even though a majority of states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, it remains on the federal government’s list of the most harmful drugs, alongside heroin. That makes little sense, according to an addiction expert, if we hope to regulate its use to protect health and public safety.

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Ohio Proposal to Cut Drug Penalties Set For Nov. Vote

Possessing or using a drug would become a misdemeanor offense, with a maximum punishment of 180 days and a $1,000 fine if the proposed amendment passes. The proposal was backed by a coalition of community, law enforcement, faith and business leaders who “want our state to invest in proven treatment for addiction instead of more spending on bloated prisons,” said campaign spokeswoman Amanda Hoyt.

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Mexican Drug Cartels, Officials Collude in ‘Crimes Against Humanity’: Report

A report by the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an international investigation of two massacres committed by drug gangs in the Mexican state of Coahuila on the U.S. border that left 450 people dead. The incidents illustrate what researchers say is a nationwide pattern of collusion between narco-cartels and corrupt authorities that has turned the U.S. closest southern neighbor into a killing ground.

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How We Win the Opioid War: Report

The Sentencing Project released a report Wednesday assailing the grievous lack of medical treatment for addiction in prisons and jails, hours before the newly appointed Bureau of Prisons director was scheduled to testify before the House of Representatives.

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Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Ineffective and Inhumane: Report

Prosecutors around the country have intensified their pursuit of homicide charges–hoping to send a clear warning to drug dealers in response to the epidemic of drug deaths in the U.S. But the Drug Policy Alliance says there is “not a shred of evidence” to indicate that these charges result in fewer overdose deaths.

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