Two British police forces have started referring people caught with a personal amount of drugs to educational workshops rather than sending them to court.
For several months, police units in the UK have been operating "diversion" schemes which have resulted in scores of drug users avoiding court, jail, and a criminal record.
We often hear about "Jihadists flooding the west with heroin," or "ISIS making billions through drug trafficking"—but we rarely see much actual evidence.
"Sometimes I think we're like those Japanese soldiers in WWII—the ones on the island who just kept fighting because they didn't know the war was over."
Some critics say users are responsible for the narco-war and the toxic pollution of the world's rainforests, but the forces creating these situations are actually at a much higher level.
Most American recreational drug users turn up their noses at the drug known as special k, but in the UK, it's become fully integrated into the country's party scene.
An interview with the man who owned the UK's biggest legal high wholesale business.
Days after a study suggested synthetic cannabis can be as physically addictive as heroin, we met some users who are stuck in the throes of addiction.
The use of kambo—the poison of a bright green frog—is on the rise as an alternative treatment for depression and drug dependency. But does it actually work?
Last week, it was revealed Richard Nixon launched his war on drugs to target people he didn't like—but he's not the only one to use narcotics as a hammer to beat his enemies.
After the drought of 2014 and 2015, a new survey has found a significant rise in UK students using the drug—which confirms what analysts have been thinking for a while: K is back on Britain's streets.
Conviction figures released exclusively to VICE reveal lots of information about the way the UK trades in drugs. We look at the reasons why black people are represented so disproportionately.
Two case studies in different areas of the UK demonstrate that a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances isn't going to have nearly the kind of effect the Home Office believes it will.
While the government drew up new counterproductive drug legislation, police officers around Britain took it upon themselves to react against the war on drugs.
Many of the world's most popular drugs took off in gay clubs, but it looks like the days of gay men being "early adopters" of new psychoactive substances are numbered.
Psychedelic expert Andy Roberts talks about bad trips, set and setting, and how to figure out how strong a tab is.
Every couple of weeks in the UK there are reports of heroin users appearing in court to face shoplifting charges. I hung out with a couple of them to see what their world is like.
The Irish minister in charge of the national drugs strategy advocates both heroin injecting rooms and the decriminalization of drug possession for personal amounts.
It's the Jekyll and Hyde of recreational drugs: Take the right dose and its euphoric; take a milligram too much and it becomes deadly.
Levamisole, a common cutting agent in cocaine, made the news recently for its apparent skin-destroying properties—but there's a lot more to the substance than that.
British police have a long history of spreading disinformation about illegal drugs, which—in the long run—doesn't help anyone.
Exploring how British "drug dens" have changed since all the media interest a decade ago.
Last year saw the most drug-related deaths in England and Wales since rec began.
Thanks to the dark web, anyone with an internet connection can become a drug wholesaler—of course, the dark web won't protect you from going to prison.