Opioid Crisis


America's Jails Are Pretending the Opioid Crisis Doesn't Exist

Correctional facilities refuse to provide medically assisted treatment for opioid withdrawal and people are dying at alarming rates as a result.
Roshan Abraham

Heroin Overdose Parties Are a Dehumanising Myth

“Narcan parties” are just another part of the narrative that vilifies people who use the drugs our nation has chosen to criminalize.
Elizabeth Brico

The Truth About Drug Dealers Lacing Cocaine with Fentanyl

Authorities have spoken out about the threat of fentanyl in recreational drugs, but there's reason to believe their claims are overblown.
Max Daly

We Embedded With Vigilante Drug Testers at the Gathering of the Juggalos

In opioid-ravaged Ohio, Bunk Police helped Insane Clown Posse fans test their drugs.
Allison Tierney
Noisey News

Tom Petty Died From an Accidental Drug Overdose Involving Opioids

Petty had a number of "serious ailments" that led doctors to prescribe him with opioids. According to the coroner, fentanyl was among the drugs found in the singer's system.
Alex Robert Ross

How Massive Busts Could Create More Harm for People Who Use Drugs

With the biggest drug bust in Ontario history, the province’s cocaine supply may have just become more dangerous.
Allison Tierney
The THUMP Harm Reduction Project

How Worried Should We Be About Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine?

Experts discuss whether the dangerous opioid is really as widespread as recent media reports claim.
Michelle Lhooq
The Festival Harm Reduction Project

Tainted Drugs at Music Festivals a Major Concern for Canadians: VICE Survey

Over 4,600 people responded to our questionnaire about substance use and harm reduction at concerts.
Max Mertens
The Festival Harm Reduction Project

"It's a Crisis:" Students Want Better Access to Drug Testing Kits

With the global opioid crisis crisis growing, it's more important than ever for people to know what's in their substances.
Michael Rancic

Why Parents Are Going Public About Their Kids’ Overdose Deaths

A Calgary mother’s photo of her holding her dying son has been shared over 100,000 times on social media.
Allison Tierney
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Heroin Was Responsible for One in Four Overdose Deaths in 2015, Says CDC

Opioids—including prescription painkillers and fentanyl—also accounted for the overall majority of overdose deaths last year.
Brian Moylan

How to Laugh at an Opioid Crisis

If you ask comedian and former addict Mark Hughes, everyone should be thinking and talking about fentanyl—not just users and Downtown Eastside activists.
Sarah Berman