As the U.S. focused on painkillers, fentanyl caused a 30 percent spike in overdoses
The problem is getting worse in major cities, and in a handful of states, mostly in the Midwest, where overdoses skyrocketed by nearly 70 percent.
crime & drugs
Heroin Kills White People More Than Anyone Else — And Nobody Is Sure Why
The rate of fatal heroin overdoses in the US nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013, and the vast majority of victims had one thing in common: They were white.
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Critics Say New Plan to Stop Heroin Overdoses Shows White House 'Still Doesn’t Get It'
A new federal initiative aims to prevent overdoses by having public health and law enforcement officials work together, but some say it’s “destined to fail."
The Easy Way England Could Stop Its Heroin Users Dying from Overdoses
Naloxone is a miracle drug that can bring people back from the brink of an overdose. Problem is, a mixture of fear and austerity is keeping local English councils from getting their hands on the stuff.
This New England Town Is Trying to Help Opioid Users Instead of Arresting Them
Gloucester, Massachusetts, is set to introduce a drug-forgiveness-and-treatment program for opioid users, the first of its kind in the nation.
Please Kill Me
Getting Fucked Up with Tom Baker, Norman Mailer, and Jim Morrison
A tale of lust, drugs, mistakes, and loss from famed punk historian Legs McNeil.
I Spoke to One of the Male Victims of My Weird Catfish Drama
When he stopped talking to her, the cyber charlatan told him—via other fake accounts of her "friends"—that she'd intentionally overdosed on heroin.
Back from the Brink: Heroin's Antidote
VICE News went to Massachusetts to see how effective Narcan—a nasal spray that can halt opiate overdoses instantly—has been in stopping fatal overdoses.