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Why Is the Air Force Using Stealth Fighters to Blow Up Crude Drug Labs?

"The reality is we are fighting two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the F-22 has not performed a single mission in either theater."
David Axe
War on Drugs

The DEA's Opium War with the Taliban

The War on Drugs didn't work any better in Afghanistan than it did in America.
Austin Bodetti

Opium or Cannabis? Historical Records Suggest People Prefer Whichever Is Cheaper

Study finds that economic considerations drive patterns of drug use.
Daniel Oberhaus

DIY Morphine: Bioengineered Yeast Could Be Used to Brew Opiates

But researchers are calling for regulations.
Emiko Jozuka

Opium Cartels Are Threatening Afghan Reconstruction Efforts

The latest government watchdog report says the opium trade is a major threat to Afghan reconstruction.
Ben Makuch

How Afghanistan's Opium Trade Survived a $7.6 Billion Assault

The War on Terror's War on Drugs has been a massive failure.
Jason Koebler
Motherboard Blog

Afghanistan's Opium Problem Won't Get Any Better This Year

"It is widely thought that every drug organization supports or works with insurgents in Afghanistan," said one official.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

Afghanistan Is the World's Newest Full-Blown Narco State

Not like that should surprise anyone. But the latest numbers from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime really hammer it home.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

The UN Says Afghanistan Is Becoming a "Full-Fledged Narco-State"

The US-backed regime, the country's economic stability, law enforcement, and terrorist insurgents are all tangled up in the illegal drug trade.
Meghan Neal
Motherboard Blog

The US Leaving Afghanistan Means More Heroin in Russia

Replacing the terror war with the drug war is going to be a rather difficult task.
Derek Mead
Motherboard Blog

Afghanistan's Opium Poppy Harvest Is Booming

When NATO alliance forces roll out of Afghanistan in 2014, the fogs of another war could continue billowing out from the country’s southern and western provinces.
Brian Anderson
Motherboard Blog

South East Asia's Opium Poppy Harvest Just Got a Shot in the Arm

The international war on drugs continues to rage, with opium poppies extending a slow but steady comeback trend dating back to 2006. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime "reports":http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2012/January...
Ben Richmond