War on Drugs

Jake Johnson, staff writer
Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a campaign rally on April 23, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.
Philippines leader, now "plumbing new depths of barbarity" in his war on drugs, was told by Trump earlier this year to "keep up the good work"
Julia Conley, staff writer
With 142 deaths from opioid overdoses per day, drug policy experts have demanded that the government increase access to treatment instead of dealing with the opioid crisis as a law enforcement issue.
"This is not a problem that we can incarcerate our way out of."
Julia Conley, staff writer
In a briefing on the opioid epidemic in the U.S., President Donald Trump depicted the crisis as a crime issue rather than one involving public health.
The crisis killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 and is responsible for 142...


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."