Drug trade


Why Europe Has Dodged America's Fentanyl Crisis

Europe's most lucrative heroin markets seem ripe for a fentanyl takeover. But why the no-show?
Max Daly

How Good Are Social Media Apps for Buying Drugs?

Everyone is buying drugs via Snapchat, WhatsApp and Kik. But what are the benefits and pitfalls?
Mark Wilding

Drug Debts Have Become an Essential Part of the Narco-Trade

As well as allowing dealers to inflict violence and prove they're "not to be messed with", they now serve another important purpose.
Max Daly

Photos of the Synthetic Drug Epidemic That's Ravaged Gaza

For years now, Gaza has been rocked by the proliferation of a synthetic opiate called Tramadol. We sent a photographer to document sales, police confiscations, and the human suffering that pushes people into opiate use.
Antonio Faccilongo

Shifting Sands: Cocaine's New Routes into Europe

As drug cartels continue to change their trafficking routes to evade interference by authorities, enforcement agencies are struggling to keep up.
Max Daly

UN Officials Are Worried that the UN's Drug Policy Is Leading to Executions

We spoke to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health about his concerns for the basic rights of people caught up in the drugs trade.
Sirin Kale

We Asked Some Young People If They'd Stop Taking Coke After Watching This Video

Will the National Crime Agency's new video actually make a difference?
Joe Goodman
VICE Specials

How Pablo Escobar's Legacy of Violence Drives Today's Cartel Wars - Part 2

In part two of this VICE documentary, a former Escobar hitman gives us a tour of the criminal underworld in Lima, Peru.
VICE Staff

The Truth About Britain's 'Flesh-Eating' Cocaine

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.
Max Daly
VICE Specials

How Pablo Escobar's Legacy of Violence Drives Today's Cartel Wars - Part 1

In part one of our three-part documentary, we meet two DEA agents who spent years on the trail of the elusive king of cocaine and became the basis for Netflix's show, 'Narcos.'
VICE Staff

What It Feels Like to Smuggle 700 Grams of Cocaine in Your Stomach

I spoke to my cousin about her time as a drug mule, even though she didn't get why I found it so interesting.
Milly Maria, Illustration: Marilyn Sonneveld

Kofi Annan: The War on Drugs Has Failed in West Africa and Around the World

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations says that force alone is not enough to stop the problems of violence and addiction that come with drug trafficking.
Kofi Annan, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation