Alcohol still the most popular drug in Costa Rica
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Alcohol still the most popular drug in Costa Rica

L. Arias - October 18, 2016

Almost one in three Ticos drink alcohol at least once a month, most of them men, according to results of the latest study on the use of…

Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further
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Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further

Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post - March 24, 2016

A group of 22 medical experts convened by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet have called this week for the decriminalization of all nonviolent drug use and…

It’s time to end the war on drugs
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It’s time to end the war on drugs

Michael Cox and John Collins - March 14, 2016

Few question that the “war on drugs” has been costly and ineffective. Inappropriate policies resulting from the war have destroyed countless lives, incarcerated millions of people, fuelled…

Costa Rica police arrest 2 US suspects in hydroponic pot bust
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Costa Rica police arrest 2 US suspects in hydroponic pot bust

Zach Dyer - March 4, 2016

The Costa Rica Prosecutor’s Office requested six months of preventive prison for four suspects from the U.S., Colombia and Costa Rica arrested during four raids around the San José…

In Mexico’s mountains, villagers sow the opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom
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In Mexico’s mountains, villagers sow the opium poppies that feed the US heroin boom

Pedro Pardo and Leticia Pineda | AFP - February 7, 2016

GUERRERO STATE , Mexico –  Deep in the southern mountains of Mexico, the cicada-like "tsk-tsk-tsk" of a water sprinkler broke the eerie silence as it sprayed a small parcel…

Mexico arrests Sinaloa drug cartel members on US border in joint operation
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Mexico arrests Sinaloa drug cartel members on US border in joint operation

AFP - January 31, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Mexican police arrested up to 24 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in a joint operation with the United States that also netted a cache…

Yikes: Canadian kills Briton in Peru after drinking ayahuasca
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Yikes: Canadian kills Briton in Peru after drinking ayahuasca

AFP - December 17, 2015

LIMA, Peru – A Canadian stabbed a British man to death during a row at a hostel in Peru after drinking ayahuasca, the powerfully psychedelic South American brew,…

Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon
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Ayahuasca, the sacred jungle vine that lures Westerners to the Amazon

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - December 5, 2015

IQUITOS, Peru – The wooden path through the resort curves its way into the jungle, branching out into side trails that lead to huts with names like…

Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia
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Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia

Álvaro Sánchez - October 14, 2015

PITAL DE SAN CARLOS, Alajuela – A cassava packing company in the northern Costa Rican community of La Tabla de Pital de San Carlos and a pineapple processor in Chilamate…

Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls
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Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls

L. Arias - October 1, 2015

Health Ministry officials confirmed Wednesday that they will include ketamine in the list of controlled substances in Costa Rica. The drug is primarily an anaesthetic for humans and animals, but…