Alfred W. McCoy’s article published today on TomDispatch is titled “How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower: America’s Opium War in Afghanistan”. McCoy is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here’s the link.
Dan Malleck, When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada’s Drug Laws (University of Washington Press, forthcoming June 2015).
Sorokina, Tatyana. “Liquor and Opium.” Inner Asia 16, no. 1 (June 2014): 139–51. “Explores legal and illegal forms of trade along the China-Russia border in the Russian Far East in the early twentieth century as a case-study for understanding the relation between the state, regional economies and consumption desires.”
Mills, James H. “Cocaine and the British Empire: The Drug and the Diplomats at the Hague Opium Conference, 1911–12.” In Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History, 42:400–419, 2014.
Hitler’s Hidden Drug Habit: Secret History (documentary at British Channel 4, Sunday, October 19, 2014). Based on records of Hitler’s personal physician.
Windle, James. “A Very Gradual Suppression: A History of Turkish Opium Controls, 1933-1974.” European Journal of Criminology 11, no. 2 (2014): 195–212.