Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis

The First Fentanyl Addict

How the powerful opioid took its roots in anesthesiology, and affected medical professionals working in the field, before it made its way into the mainstream.
Rumana D’Souza

Photos of the Synthetic Drug Epidemic That's Ravaged Gaza

For years now, Gaza has been rocked by the proliferation of a synthetic opiate called Tramadol. We sent a photographer to document sales, police confiscations, and the human suffering that pushes people into opiate use.
Antonio Faccilongo

Everything We Know About the Fentanyl Pills That May Have Killed Prince

Bootleg fentanyl from China has flooded the illicit opioid market in both the US and Canada.
VICE Staff
crime & drugs

Opioid crisis bill slammed as 'sham' with 'no real funding to solve the real problem'

Congress voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill designed to combat the US opioid abuse problem, but the White House and some Democrats say it lacks proper funding.
Reuters and VICE News

What It’s Like to Take Opioids for Pain

Read an excerpt from Carlyn Zwarenstein's 'Opium Eater: The New Confessions' about a writer's struggle with opiates to cure her chronic pain.
Carlyn Zwarenstein
Ain't No Grave

The Hard Times, Struggles, and Hopes of Addicts in Appalachia

Poverty and opiate addiction have devastated small towns in West Virginia. What can be done to help people take back their lives?
Juliet Escoria
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Prince Allegedly OD'd on Percocet the Week Before His Death

TMZ reports that the pop star's emergency jet landing last week might have been due to a Percocet overdose.
VICE Staff
crime & drugs

Obama Wants to Spend More Than $1 Billion to Fight Opioid Addiction in the US

The president has unveiled an ambitious new plan to combat addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, and other related drugs.
Tess Owen

​Locked Up and Dope Sick: Canadian Prisoners Fight for Addiction Treatment

British Columbia prisoners are taking their jailers to court to fight for access to methadone and Suboxone.
Garth Mullins

The CDC Just Told American Doctors to Rethink Pain Treatment and Opioid Addiction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first federal guidelines for doctors prescribing addictive painkillers such as OxyContin.
Tess Owen
crime & drugs

Group Therapy Behind Bars (Excerpt from ‘New Hampshire’s Prison Detox’)

Henry Langston joins a group therapy session at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility, where inmates talk about their looming release dates and their biggest challenges in maintaining sobriety.
poppy seeds

Did Poppy Seed Tea Kill This College Student?

Bagels, muffins, and salad dressings are all conduits for two of nature’s most powerful and potentially lethal opiates.
Nick Rose