October 2, 2013 Ross William Ulbricht, 29, known by his hacker handle "Dread Pirate Roberts," is charged with conspiracy to drug trafficking, hacking and money laundering.
August 28, 2013 Disability and illness caused by opioids, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis increased by more than 50 percent over the two decades prior to 2010. Opioid dependence in particular has become much more common.
February 22, 2013 Kids whose parents have talked to them about the dangers of drugs are more likely to think that using isn't OK. That message can become mixed when parents bring up their own experience. There's no need to lie to a child, but parents should be careful about offering too much information.
December 18, 2012 In South Africa, drug users are crushing HIV medications and mixing them with marijuana, heroin and other illicit drugs. Public health workers worry that people who smoke so-called whoonga are helping to fuel the rise of drug-resistant HIV.
December 12, 2012 The pot was put into 30 containers and shot from Mexico into a field near Yuma, Ariz., Customs and Border Protection agents say. In other smuggling news, authorities in Spain say they arrested a woman who tried to smuggle cocaine in her breast implants.
June 25, 2012 Mandatory sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine disproportionately affected black people. Why? Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman argue that simple laws introduced into complex networks, such as our legal system, produce unintended consequences.
May 30, 2012 The drug has been linked to other crimes in which the suspect becomes irrational and violent. In some ways, they're a "walking dead person," according to the president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.
March 19, 2012 Meth-exposed children are more anxious and depressed at age 3, a new study found. And they tended to be more disruptive at age 5. But researchers say those problems are manageable if children and parents get help early on.
January 24, 2012 Magic mushrooms remain popular at music festivals. But scientists say their mind-altering effects might help people with depression. Happy memories are stronger in people tripping on psilocybin, a new study finds, while brain areas overactive in depression are reined in.
January 13, 2012 A woman injected the illicit drug bath salts to get a party high, only to be attacked by flesh-eating bacteria. Her right arm and shoulder were amputated to save her life. It's the first case of serious infection reported from this increasingly popular stimulant.
December 9, 2011 From nacho cheese to watermelons to macaroni, drug smugglers sometimes turn to food to get their illicit cargo across the U.S. border.
August 3, 2011 British border police have broken up what might be called the Dutch Connection, seizing 1.2 tons of high-purity cocaine that was on its way to Europe. The cargo was carefully hidden aboard a 65-foot luxury yacht, the Louise.
April 1, 2011 Kentucky and Tennessee have become the second and third states to turn over their supplies of an increasingly rare lethal-injection drug to the Justice Department.