High Wire

The Deadly Worst-Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession

Cracking down on the legal supply is not a solution. In fact, it could spell disaster.
Maia Szalavitz

Why This Scottish City Is Known as the 'Drug Death Capital of Europe'

We spoke to drug workers and users about what's going on in Dundee, Scotland.
Francisco Garcia
High Wire

This Is Why Xanax Is Blowing Up in America

From the explosion of ADHD meds to the economic crisis to the Trump presidency, this dangerous trend didn't come out of nowhere.
Maia Szalavitz

How SoundCloud Rappers and Xanax Influenced Fashion

There is a palpable vulnerability to many of these artists that is reflected in both what they put in and on their body.
Emma Garland
High Wire

The Mystery of the Terrifying Xanax Resurgence in America

Pharmaceutical marketing is often said to be a key cause of the opioid crisis. That doesn't explain the deadly rise of benzos.
Maia Szalavitz

The Great American Xanax Legacy

How the drug went from a medication for middle-class Americans to being glorified by a range of hip-hop artists.
Drew Millard

The Withdrawal Diary of a Xanax Addict

One young man records his struggle to break free from his addiction to counterfeit Xanax.
Hannah Ewens

We Need to Talk About Our Generation's Xanax Problem

Abuse of the drug is on the rise in the UK and the US, we talked to a former addict to find out why.
James Nolan

Irish Addicts Can't Get Help Unless They're On the 'Right' Mix of Drugs

Rehab centers are bound by tight regulations governing who can receive treatment, which means many addicts are turned away.
Norma Costello

Valium Can Be Harder to Withdraw from Than Heroin

Benzos might soften the blow of the odd comedown, but trust me: The more you rely on it, the more powerful it becomes.
Felicity Jones

A Drug-by-Drug Guide to a Rational UK Drug Policy

This is how the United Kingdom would be taking drugs if the law had anything to do with how harmful they actually are.
Ben Bryant
Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'N' Roll

Medical Fetishism, Benzo Withdrawal, and the Swedish Avant-Garde

The more people I get to know (and I don't just mean that in the biblical sense), the more I learn that everyone is a pervert. Wave your freak flag high kids, we're all sexual deviants! If your porn search terms wouldn't give your grandmother a heart...
Sophie Saint Thomas