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The DEA is reclassifying “hydrocodone combination products” under the Controlled Substances Act, which will more tightly restrict access. The regulation, which took effect Oct.6, is a response to the widespread misuse of prescription pain killers. Read more»

A leading pain advocacy organization shuts down ahead of an investigation launched by the Senate Finance Committee into makers of narcotic painkillers and groups that champion them. Read more»

Coca leaves

Panettone, a traditional Christmas sweet bread, usually includes raisins, candied fruit and what flour. But Bolivian coca growers have modified the recipe to include flour made from coca leaves. Read more»

Border Patrol agents found 1,600 pounds of marijuana stuffed into an SUV that was abandoned in the desert near Casa Grande on May 23.

Flanked between Mexican and U.S. flags, President Felipe Calderón was unleashing his familiar tirade against drug gangs in New York on Monday. But he dropped a bombshell: If the United States can’t cut demand for drugs, it must look for alternative solutions. Read more»

More than 2,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million were seized by the Border Patrol over the Memorial Day Weekend, worth according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Read more»

Lizeth Sillas

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a Tucson woman who may have been kidnapped in Nogales, Son. Read more»

The United Nations has reprimanded Latin American countries that have decriminalized narcotic use, delivering a blow to the growing movement looking for a change in drug policy. It says it is particularly concerned by a 2009 law in Mexico that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of cannabis, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Read more»