Fighting Words

After Leaving Thousands in Agony, the CDC Is Finally Clarifying Its Painkiller Restrictions

The agency is addressing the widespread suffering caused by the crackdown on opioids—the result of predictable misapplication of its guidelines.
Maia Szalavitz

The Government Shutdown Is Putting These Foods in Danger

Food stamp funding also hangs in the balance as the US enters its longest shutdown in history.
Bettina Makalintal

The US Just Legalized Hemp, Which Is a Key Source of CBD

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is a breath of fresh air for hemp farmers and may pave the way for the rescheduling of CBD.
Daniel Oberhaus

I Will Die of Listeriosis Before I Wash The Outside of My Avocado

I refuse to worry about one more thing.
Hannah Keyser
The VICE Guide to Right Now

It's About to Get a Lot Harder to Buy Flavored Juul Pods

Facing pressure from the FDA, the company just announced it's going to stop selling mango, creme, fruit, and cucumber pods in stores.
Allie Conti
The VICE Guide to Right Now

FDA: No, You Can't Sell Vape Juice Spiked with Viagra

The agency busted an e-cig company after finding traces of prescription medications in its "healthcare flavors."
Drew Schwartz

Researchers Want Doctors to Be Able to Prescribe Magic Mushrooms for Depression

A new study out of Johns Hopkins University seeks to reclassify psilocybin mushrooms since they have low potential for abuse and few risks of dependence.
Matthew Gault

The FDA Is Suddenly Obsessed with the Definition of 'Yogurt'

It looks like Big Dairy wants the Trump administration to strip the label from soy- and nut-based versions of the creamy stuff.
Lauren Rothman

Three Ways to Get the HPV Vaccine if You’re Over the Age of 26

A leading sex researcher told us how he navigated the ridiculously challenging process.
Justin Lehmiller, PhD
Eat This

There Are Nearly 1,000 Chemicals in Our Food That Have Never Been Tested for Safety

Why the FDA and the EPA aren't set up to protect us from contaminants in the food we eat.
Kristin Lawless

The FDA Is Launching An Anti-Juul Campaign That’s Like D.A.R.E. for Vaping

The agency will be sending out posters to high schools and running digital ads to raise awareness.
Kaleigh Rogers
medical devices

A New Netflix Doc Exposes Huge Problems With the Way Certain Medical Treatments Are Approved

'The Bleeding Edge' shows how the FDA doesn’t hold medical devices to the same standards of safety and effectiveness as it does prescription drugs, even though some devices will presumably remain in the body for the rest of people's lives.
Sam Fragoso