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Shifting national attitudes about illicit drugs may pose challenge for UN discussion in 2016

While some nations favor the current hardline global approach in dealing with illicit drug production, trade and use, others want to liberalize elements of that framework, creating uncertainty for an international conference next year that will debate such issues.  

Coast Guard makes plea for more boats to combat drug trafficking off US southern coast

The service is the nation's foremost defense against cocaine, but about half of the Coast Guard's high-confidence intelligence drug trafficking cases in the Caribbean cannot be acted on because it doesn't have enough ships there.

On Mexico's other border, trade and travel largely uncontrolled

Conditions at Mexico's southern border show little to suggest that Mexico and Guatemala have enough capacity for or interest in building the kind of strict controls seen at Mexico's northern border, a new report indicates.

US, Canada announce new agreement to boost preclearance inspections of travelers

Canadian and U.S. government officials announced March 16 a new agreement that allows federal agencies to conduct immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in each other's countries while facilitating travel.

CBP addresses problems in examining high-risk rail shipments from Canada, Mexico, IG says

United States customs officers didn't always effectively use certain critera to assess the risk of some rail shipments entering from Canada and Mexico nor did some use required radiation detection equipment to examine high-risk cargo – problems that have since been addressed.

The president's 2016 budget request: Coast Guard

The Coast Guard, which has numerous responsibilities ranging from search and rescue to drug interdiction, would see a modest 1.6 percent increase – or about $153 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.

The president's 2016 budget request: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which enforces immigration laws and conducts counterterrorism and other border security investigations, was one of the biggest budget winners among agencies within the Homeland Security Department. The agency is requesting $6.28 billion for next fiscal year, or nearly $923 million above this year's estimated spending level.

DEA: Prescription drug abuse a growing challenge for law enforcement

More than a fifth of U.S. law enforcement agencies say controlled prescription drug abuse is the greatest drug threat, a significant increase since 2009, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency's recently issued threat assessment.

US domestic and international drug policies at odds, says Brookings panel

While the United States has conditionally tolerated the regulated use of marijuana in two states – Washington and Colorado – national drug policy is at odds with the international drug control regime, said panelists at an Oct. 17 discussion at the Brookings Institution.

Greater US political consensus on drug policy reform efforts, int'l focus more on security, health

Despite the political gridlock on Capitol Hill on a range of highly charged issues, there's a surprising amount of consensus in drug policy reform, said a health and drug policy analyst.