Mexico’s Police Force: The “Plata o Plomo” Predicament

When it comes to fighting drug cartels and violence, Mexico’s police force is often “caught between a rock and hard place”. Mexico’s police force is frequently forced to choose between two ugly alternatives, which are commonly referred to as “plata o plomo”. “Plata o plomo” translates to “silver or lead” and describes the predicament that Mexico’s police force is caught […]

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Opium: From China to Afghanistan

Heroin is one of the world’s most addictive and profitable drugs, with world consumption currently valued at 340 tons annually.[1] Conversely, prescription opiates are an invaluable painkiller for many patients. People have been trying to balance opiates’ medical properties with their addictive nature for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians, Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans, for example, realized the potential for opium and […]

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