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.
Gavin Butler

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.
Jelisa Castrodale
true crime

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."
Seth Ferranti
All Fronts

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."
David Axe
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.
Austin Bodetti

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.
David Shaw

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.
Nick Rose

A Weekend with a Deep Web Drug Dealer

I watched firsthand how an online drug empire is run.
Jake Hanrahan
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.
Dan Werb
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.
Tess Owen
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.
Avi Asher-Schapiro