With overdoses up, white America is spooked about the heroin problem, but officials are determined to fight back with education, not arrests.
In previous decades the mothers and fathers of addicts advocated for punishing addicts harshly, but a new generation of parent-activists has embraced a gentler approach.
VICE Australia spent a night with a woman who plays a crucial role in protecting the legal rights of Aboriginal people who've gotten arrested.
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.
If Paul Hannaford's stories about suicide attempts, smearing his body with his own feces, and injecting himself with dirty, blunted needles don't make you afraid of heroin, nothing will.
As heroin use hits suburban white neighborhoods hard, it's fair to wonder if the United States might soon follow the example set by Canada and some European countries by setting up safe spaces to get high.
What is it about smack that makes people want to throw away their lives?
The Irish minister in charge of the national drugs strategy advocates both heroin injecting rooms and the decriminalization of drug possession for personal amounts.
Last week, Dr. Lisa Tseng was found guilty of second-degree murder for writing prescriptions that led to patient overdoses. But it's not clear that punishing doctors will help addicts in need.
Some advice that would have been more useful than: "You will die if you do drugs."
In a sign of the changing national mood on drug policy, conservative law enforcement officials are embracing the change.
The idea that one toke on a crack pipe destroys your life is popular, but it contradicts what we know about brain chemistry.
Clementine's one-legged, ex-junkie boss tells her how to avoid being a source of deep-seated resentment.
Easier access to naloxone could lead to a sizable decrease in opioid-related deaths.
According to many studies, weed seems more like a filter that keep people away from stronger drugs than a stepping stone into life-destroying addiction.
When heroin users die from an overdose, some prosecutors pursue full-fledged murder charges against the dealers or friends who provided the drugs. Possible sentences include life without parole.
The author of White Out and the new memoir Gamelife on how his computer-game habit changed his life for the better.
Last year saw the most drug-related deaths in England and Wales since rec began.
Too many Americans die of overdoses that could be prevented by a combination of policy shifts and education.
Examining all the factors that make certain parts of the UK relatively non-violent places to be a drug user, while others are a landscape of stabbings and robberies.
The crack problem in Frankfurt's Bahnhofsviertel neighborhood has gotten so bad, residents are nostalgic for the days when heroin was addicts' drug of choice.
A disturbing number of people in Sarnia, Ontario, are abusing a powerful painkiller that is 100 times stronger than morphine or 40 times stronger than heroin
Paul Massey once claimed that nobody had the "fucking balls" to try to take his life.
Heroin is like Aladdin's lamp: it will make you think that your wishes are coming true, that you are in control of your life.