Opioids

High Wire

Big Pharma's Opioid Greed Was Even Worse Than We Thought

"The Sackler family is just as shameless, and only marginally less ruthless, than the drug cartels."
Maia Szalavitz
5 days ago
Narcomania

The Medics Who Get High on Their Own Supply

With stressful jobs and easy access to pharmaceutical grade opiates, it's no wonder some doctors get hooked on the drugs they use on their patients.
Max Daly
7.9.18
High Wire

America's Rich and Powerful Have Permission Slips to Get High

From politicians to business executives, America's drug policy is set up to give recreational access to (white) people with status and money—and screw everyone else.
Maia Szalavitz
5.21.18
Opioids

An Opioid Popularized 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
5.18.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

The White House Is Hosting a Tasteless Opioid Crisis Memorial

On today's episode, Maia Szalavitz discusses 'Prescribed to Death,' a controversial memorial meant to commemorate those who've died from painkiller overdoses.
VICE Staff
4.4.18
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
3.28.18
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

At least six people dead in Miami bridge collapse, Trump's new opioid plan said to include death penalty for dealers, White House denies H.R. McMaster is getting fired, and more.
VICE Staff
3.16.18
High Wire

Why These People Took Drug Combinations That Nearly Killed Them

We asked overdose survivors about the dangerous trend of mixing opioids with depressants or stimulants, a key part of America's larger crisis.
Maia Szalavitz
2.21.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

The Kratom Controversy

We talk about the herbal supplement used for opioid withdrawals and its new FDA classification on 'The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast.'
VICE Staff
2.15.18
High Wire

Women Are Leading the Fight Against the War on Drugs

Two of the most prominent groups devoted to reforming America's drug laws are now run by women of color. Here's what they're accomplishing, and how they're doing it.
Maia Szalavitz
2.5.18
High Wire

Going After Weed in the Middle of a Deadly Opioid Crisis Is Insane

Jeff Sessions just unleashed federal prosecutors despite a massive amount of evidence that weed is associated with fewer fatal overdoses.
Maia Szalavitz
1.9.18
High Wire

What We Don't Know About Drugs Is Killing Us

The lack of information out there on fentanyls alone is shocking.
Maia Szalavitz
12.29.17