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San Francisco’s dirtiest street has an outdoor drug market, discarded heroin needles, and piles of poop on the sidewalk

Residents of Hyde Street's 300 block report having to hose down urine in front of their offices or hold their breath to avoid the stench of feces. It's located in the Tenderloin neighborhood, which houses both extreme poverty and extreme wealth.
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.

The 5 most addictive substances on the planet, ranked

To compare addictive drugs, scientists averaged 3 factors: physical harm, dependency or addiction, and social harm. Here are the top in the dependency category.

A deadly drug epidemic sweeping the US has caused ER visits for overdoses to jump 30%

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.

A mysterious supplement with a viral following has been officially declared an opioid by the FDA

"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.
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.