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Painkillers are a gateway to heroinupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 22:00:00

This past winter, I found myself following a drug dealer and his crew up the dark stairway of a triple-decker apartment building on the outskirts of Boston. Reaching a unit on the top floor, the young man pulled a gun from his waistband and set it on a coffee table next to a digital scale and a pile of drugs.

Giving Vietnam's street kids a chanceupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:51:00

Five years ago, Pham Binh Minh was a 15-year-old spending his nights on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam's capital.

CNN Hero: Michael Brosowskiupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:51:00

Michael Brosowski started the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation to help Vietnamese youth get off the streets.

White House to combat Rx drug abuseupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:55:00

The Obama administration is launching a new effort to combat prescription drug abuse.

White House launches effort to combat soaring prescription drug abuseupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:55:00

Prescription drug overdose is now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, surpassing the number of people who overdosed during both the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 1970s combined, the Obama administration says.

Report: Afghan drug addiction twice global averageupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 02:05:00

Nearly one million Afghans between the ages of 15 and 64 are drug addicts, according to a new survey.

Hundreds arrested in 2-year drug route investigationupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 22:03:00

Federal agents trying to disrupt illegal drug trafficking from Mexico arrested more than 400 people in raids Wednesday, bringing to more than 2,200 the number of arrests from a two-year investigation aimed at cartel transportation operations.

Holder: 2,200 arrested in drug probeupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 22:03:00

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder says 2,200 people were arrested on drug-related charges in a probe called Projective Deliverance.

Heroin, love in Swanseaupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 08:07:00

Young addicts paint a picture of a drug use epidemic in South Wales. For more, go to VBS.TV. Viewer discretion advised.

Swansea Love Storyupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 08:07:00

As well as going to exotic places like Liberia, North Korea and Sudan, VBS also makes films in our London office's beloved United Kingdom.

NYC heroin pamphlet -- is it a help or a how-to guide?updated: Mon Jan 04 2010 22:11:00

A pamphlet designed to help heroin users with advice has come under fire, with some now questioning whether the public health brochure can actually be used as a how-to guide on drug use.

New York's heroin 'how-to' guideupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 22:11:00

HLN hears Your Views on a controversial New York City health pamphlet that aims to promote safe heroin use.

Giving heroin addicts heroinupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 21:21:00

British addicts are injected with government paid-for heroin in an effort to kick the habit. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Study touts treating heroin addicts with heroinupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 21:21:00

If treating heroin addicts by giving them heroin seems counterintuitive, having the government fund that addiction to the tune of more than $22,000 per patient per year comes across as downright radical.

How long does it take for a once-addicted brain to heal?updated: Tue Aug 25 2009 09:27:00

Because of the complexity of this viewer question, three of CNNHealth's expert doctors are offering advice. Last week, Diet and Fitness expert Dr. Melina Jampolis had ideas for gaining weight in a healthy way. Yesterday, Dr. Jennifer Shu offered information about concerns for a baby born to an addicted woman. Today, Mental Health expert Dr. Charles Raison weighs in.

How can I help my pregnant, addicted daughter?updated: Mon Aug 24 2009 15:02:00

Because of the complexity of this viewer question, three of CNNHealth's expert doctors are offering advice. Last week, Diet and Fitness expert Dr. Melina Jampolis had ideas for gaining weight in a healthy way. Today, Dr. Jennifer Shu offers information about concerns for a baby born to an addicted woman. Watch for insights Tuesday from Mental Health expert Dr. Charles Raison.

How can I help my heroin-addicted daughter gain weight?updated: Mon Aug 24 2009 14:56:00

Because of the complexity of this viewer question, three of CNNHealth's expert doctors are offering their advice. Read insights from Living Well expert Dr. Jennifer Shu here. Check back Tuesday for thoughts from Mental Health expert Dr. Charles Raison.

U.S. targets heroin productionupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 20:34:00

CNN's Ivan Watson is embedded with U.S. marines in Afghanistan, who are taking aim at heroin production. Redmond O'Neal Pleads Not Guilty to Heroin Chargeupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 08:37:00

The troubled son of ailing Farrah Fawcett and actor Ryan O'Neal remains in custody Redmond O'Neal Formally Charged with Heroin Possessionupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 16:24:00

The son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett has his bail set at $75,000 Afghanistan: NATO Mulls Expanding Drug Roleupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 07:50:00

The United States will push NATO allies to order their troops to target Afghanistan's thriving heroin trade in a bid to stem the flow of drug money to the widening insurgency

Woman, 74, accused of smuggling heroin in luggageupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 19:33:00

A 74-year-old woman faces charges of smuggling heroin after $180,000 worth of the drug was found in her luggage Friday when she arrived at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, authorities said. Brad Renfro Dies at 25updated: Wed Jan 16 2008 13:43:00

Actor Brad Renfro has died at age 25, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Moxley Case: Key witness testifies from grave updated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:10:00

The prosecution's 29th witness at Michael Skakel's murder trial, if you can call it that, died of a heroin overdose last year but his words live on in a court transcript read to jurors Friday.

CNN Classroom Edition: Narco State - The Poppy Jihadupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 18:14:00

Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Narco State: The Poppy Jihad when it airs commercial-free on Monday, January 7, from approximately 4:10 -- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)

CNN Heroes finalists: Community Crusadersupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 00:30:00

An American soldier in Afghanistan, a missionary in Uganda and a deaf activist from California have been named CNN Heroes finalists for their work as "Community Crusaders."

Finalists: Community crusadersupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 00:30:00

Meet three CNN Heroes: Sgt. Maj. James McDowell, Julie Rems-Smario and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe. Pete Doherty Apologizes for Heroin Relapseupdated: Wed Nov 07 2007 14:23:00

Record company reps for Pete Doherty sent PEOPLE an apologetic statement Wednesday in an attempt to shame the Babyshambles singer into sobriety. It was just Tuesday that the troubled star spoke out about missing drugs – and photos surfaced of him allegedly using heroin again.

Opium in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 21:56:00

Opium in Afghanistan

Opium hits record in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Aug 16 2006 21:37:00

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record levels -- up by more than 40 percent from 2005 -- despite hundreds of millions in counternarcotics money, Western officials told The Associated Press.

Bali drug kingpins face executionupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 23:01:00

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been found guilty of heroin trafficking by an Indonesian court Tuesday and will face death by firing squad, live television coverage from the court has shown.

DEA: Artwork, furniture used to smuggle heroinupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 12:23:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced the arrest Wednesday of 78 people as part of a probe into a suspected Colombian heroin ring accused of using artwork, furniture and clothing to smuggle drugs into the United States.

U.S. indicts alleged Afghan drug traffickerupdated: Mon Apr 25 2005 10:26:00

An accused heroin kingpin has been indicted and arrested in a massive narcotics conspiracy involving Afghanistan's former Taliban regime, U.S. Attorney David N. Kelley has said.

Karzai to oversee anti-drugs planupdated: Wed Dec 08 2004 04:27:00

New Afghan President Hamid Karzai is preparing to meet tribal leaders in a bid to step up the fight against the country's drug trade.

U.S. boosting efforts against drugs in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 16:26:00

The United States is stepping up its efforts to curb poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, a nation that "has re-emerged as the world's leading supplier of illicit opium, morphine and heroin," the State Department's top counter-narcotics official said Monday.

Fortune: THE FBI'S BIGGEST HITS AND MISSES OF THE 1980s updated: Mon Oct 09 1989 00:01:00

ORGANIZED CRIME HIT:Mafia kingpins cases, 1981-89. Over eight years, 87 members of Mafia leadership nationwide are convicted.

Fortune: THE DRUG TRADE Think of it as a huge, multinational commodity business with a fast-moving top management, a widespread distributupdated: Mon Jun 20 1988 00:01:00

THE ILLICIT DRUG TRADE is probably the fastest-growing industry in the world and is unquestionably the most profitable. A handful of Latin American countries grow coca leaves that yield cocaine, wh...

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