Southeast Asia produces billions of dollars worth of opium. For many farmers there, it is the only way to make a living. As a crop, poppy pays more than rice and corn. International help is needed to bring change and win the war on drugs.
Iranian lawmakers have amended the country's strict laws on narcotics, making it harder to put people to death for drug-related crimes. The law could affect hundreds of inmates on death row in the conservative country.
Across Europe, fields of red poppies bloom in summer. It's a breathtaking sight but these common, beautiful weeds have also held deep meaning throughout human history.
The number of people addicted to drugs across the world has risen for the first time in six years, the UN says. It also says heroin is making a comeback in some Western countries, with often deadly results.
The Indian coast guard, apparently tipped-off by intelligence agencies, intercepted a drug-laden vessel off the Gujarat coast. The street value of the heroin is estimated at almost $550 million.
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