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Drug Wars

Militant Islamists escort drug convoys through northern Mali in exchange for hefty payments. The U.S. military and Honduran authorities use commando-style tactics to catch traffickers in the remote jungles of La Moskitia. A 15-year old from Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico, chooses the clarinet over drugs after dropping out of school twice.

Drug Wars tells of men, women, and children who risk their lives—as drug users, traffickers, smugglers, and enforcement agents. You will find searing portraits of those who suffer from addiction, their family members and loved ones. These are stories not only of lives lost and opportunities missed, but also of the fear and disruption that can overwhelm a community.

Pulitzer Center journalists expose corruption, extortion, and murder in an often violent war on drugs, fought in all corners of the globe, in Cuba and Crimea, in Bolivia and Burma, and from the Philippines to Tajikistan. They cover various recovery programs, such as opioid substitution therapy, as well as policy debates involving the roles of drug enforcement agents, the police, the military, and government. And they ask important questions: Are drug users criminals or patients in need of medical treatment?

Drug Wars

Stains on Duterte's Society

After fleeing the area of Manila with high drug-affiliated assassinations, a young father returns home for his daughter's birthday only to be murdered with his children nearby.

Signs of Execution

On the night of June 21, 2017, seven people died from drug-related deaths, adding to the more than 12,000 dead since President Duterte began his war on drugs in the Philippines.

Killers Haunt a Wake

A mother recounts the night her son was murdered and how the killers scared mourners from his wake.

Cuba: Tropical Depression

Six months after Fidel Castro's exit, Lygia Navarro explores the hidden epidemic of depression in Cuba. With the wait for social and economic transformation dragging on, many Cubans find escape from the difficulty of day-to-day life in black-market sleeping pills. Although Cuba's medical system is lauded internationally, the government...

This Week: The War on Drugs

President Richard Nixon was the first to declare a “war on drugs” and begin using military tactics to root out what is clearly a social problem. More than four decades later, there is no end in sight.