The VICE Guide to Right Now
Opium-Addicted Parrots Keep Raiding Poppy Farms in India
Poppy farmers are being forced to guard their crops against the drug-addled birds, who get high off the narcotic effects of the plant.
Lemon Poppyseed Bread Caused a New Mom to Fail a Drug Test
Because of the test results, Jamie Silakowski had to face visits from Child Protective Services and months of drug tests.
These Rogue Foreigners Ruled the Streets of 1930s Shanghai
Gambling, drugs, you name it. "There was so much money being made that there wasn't a need to kill a lot of people."
Why Is the Air Force Using Stealth Fighters to Blow Up Crude Drug Labs?
"The reality is we are fighting two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the F-22 has not performed a single mission in either theater."
War on Drugs
The DEA's Opium War with the Taliban
The War on Drugs didn't work any better in Afghanistan than it did in America.
Inside Myanmar's Surprisingly Harsh Heroin Rehab Centers
One person per household uses heroin in Myanmar's northern region, and a coalition of religious types has banded together to tackle the problem.
Cocaine Pumpkins and Cobra Wine Are Just a Few of the Things Found by Canadian Border Guards
We spoke to Canada's Border Security Agency about some of the weirdest foods they've found, seized, and destroyed.
A Weekend with a Deep Web Drug Dealer
I watched firsthand how an online drug empire is run.
Relapse: Facing Canada's Opioid Crisis
How North America Found Itself in the Grips of an Opioid Crisis
From pharmaceutical deception to prohibition without rehabilitation, we look at the mistakes that got us here.
crime & drugs
Mexico's opium poppy farmers are fed up with the job's dangers
Opium farmers in the state of Guerrero are starting to complain loudly about toxic fumigation, cartel violence, and poverty. The new activism comes amid tentative political moves towards legalization.
Nathaniel Janowitz and Arturo de Dios Palma
Trio of Middle-Aged Women Caught With $3 Million Worth of Heroin at Chicago Airport
Similar arrests have taken place this year, where women from Minnesota were trafficking contraband from Laos.
war and conflict
The Taliban Is Running Amok and Killing Policemen in Afghanistan's Opium Heartland
The insurgents, who largely control the Afghan drug trade, are flush with cash and new recruits after the lucrative poppy harvest in Helmand province.