Oxycontin

Culture

What ‘13 Reasons Why’ Gets Right About Heroin Addiction

Based on my experience as a former heroin user, and as a journalist covering addiction, the show’s depiction is refreshingly authentic.
Zachary Siegel
5.22.18
Opioids

An Opioid Popularised by a Nazi Doctor Is Ravaging Africa

The former director of the drug enforcement agency in Nigeria estimated in 2016 that seven in ten boys were abusing drugs like tramadol.
Ben Westhoff
5.21.18
Drugs

I Was a Teen Oxy Kingpin

Douglas Dodd had a fast rise as a serious player in the illegal painkiller scene in Florida. Then he got busted by the feds and tried to turn his life around.
Seth Ferranti
10.30.17
Health

What It's Like to Become a Doctor During an Opioid Crisis

How do you handle an epidemic that doctors before you had a hand in creating?
Megan Devlin
3.4.17
Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis

How North America Found Itself in the Grips of an Opioid Crisis

From pharmaceutical deception to prohibition without rehabilitation, we look at the mistakes that got North America to where it's at.
Dan Werb
11.1.16
DOPESICK

The Young Drug Users Falling Victim to Fentanyl

VICE presents an immersive and personal feature-length documentary about the fentanyl crisis in Canada told from the perspective of a social network of drug users.
VICE Staff
6.23.16
DOPESICK

Watch Our Trailer for 'DOPESICK: Fentanyl's Deadly Grip'

An immersive and personal feature film about the fentanyl crisis in Canada told from the perspective of a social network of drug users.
VICE Staff
6.13.16
Stuff

The Canadian City Fighting Back Against Its Deadly Fentanyl Problem

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
Colin Graf
7.30.15
High Wire

How the War on Drugs Is Hurting Chronic Pain Patients

Despite the claims of some government agencies, research has shown that the overwhelming majority of addictions do not start with a prescription, and most opioid prescriptions do not cause addiction.
Maia Szalavitz
7.17.15
Narcomania

The Truth About Britain's Looming 'Middle-Class Heroin Crisis'

All the talk about rising oxycodone prescriptions in the UK causing a middle-class heroin crisis is gold-plated baloney.
Max Daly
1.14.15
The True Crime Issue

Four Years in Maximum Security Prison with the Amityville Horror

Slurring his words and staring at me with his arresting gaze, Ronnie told me that his parents had been monsters.
Daniel Genis
9.18.14