With the British government intending to ban every "psychoactive substance" they can think of, we looked back to see if banning a drug actually stops anyone from using it.
Tel Aviv is hooked on Tubi 60: a cloudy liquor originating from the northern city of Haifa. Despite being widely sold in bars and spawning its own appreciation group, nobody really knows what ingredients it contains.
The DEA has moved to outlaw 10 chemicals commonly found in the cheap designer drug, but manufacturers will likely respond by tweaking their recipes.
Economic growth and increasingly interlinked markets have allowed both methamphetamine and the chemicals used in its production to flow across the Pacific region.
Methcathinone, or cat, is "almost as addictive as crack," relatively simple to make, and gaining a wide range of users in South Africa. Yet it's relatively unknown elsewhere.
Last year, I had the chance to visit a khat farm in Kenya—a peaceful place most of the time—where the khat was bundled into high-speed pickup trucks and driven into Nairobi for international distribution. But at midnight last Tuesday, the edible herb...
In a move that has stunned liberals and defied the recommendation of the British government’s own advisory council, khat is now illegal.
Khat is a chewable herbal stimulant, popular among the UK's Somali and Yemeni communities. Despite there being little or no evidence that the drug causes harm to its users, the British government is working to outlaw khat.