War on Drugs

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Public health advocates say harm reduction policies, such as needle exchanges and supervised injection facilities, save lives. (Photo: Trinn Suwannapha/ World Bank/Flickr)
Moving away from the prevailing Drug War paradigm under which users and addicts are shamed and criminalized, Ireland's chief of National Drugs Strategy said Monday that he is backing the decriminalization of a number of narcotics and will be opening supervised injection rooms beginning next year. In an address to the London School of Economics...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Bernie Sanders on Wednesday evening slammed U.S. drug policy and called for the...
Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Government bias and schizophrenic marijuana policy in the U.S. are stifling...


After five years of Mexico's bloody, ineffective war on drugs, over half the population feel unsafe in their neighborhoods and activist residents are turning to grassroots art projects to fight the violence. Those with "credentials of blood" are publishing Portraits for Peace , making videos to share stories, and, inspired by street artist JR , putting up huge photographic portraits of victims to put people "in the shoes of the other."