Oxycontin

High Wire

Big Pharma’s Millions Won’t Solve the Opioid Crisis

Money from the first big opioid addiction settlement is being spent in the wrong places.
Maia Szalavitz
4.10.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

The Dangers of Marketing Addictive Drugs

New findings about the pressure to sell OxyContin reveal a lot about the opioid crisis.
VICE Staff
1.30.19
High Wire

Addictive Drugs Should Not be Marketed, Period

New findings about the pressure to sell OxyContin reveals a lot about the opioid crisis.
Maia Szalavitz
1.18.19
addiction

Artists Are Occupying Museums to Protest Big Pharma

The Sackler family name is all over the art world, but they made their billions pushing opiates. These artists have had enough.
Dyllan Furness
10.24.18
united states of addiction

A New Book Chronicles How Pharma and Doctors Jumpstarted the Opioid Epidemic

“Dopesick” looks at how the makers of OxyContin targeted doctors in struggling areas with terrifying precision—and tragic consequences.
Eric Allen Been
8.17.18
Culture

What ‘13 Reasons Why’ Gets Right About Heroin Addiction

Based on my experience as a former heroin user, and as a journalist covering addiction, the show’s depiction is refreshingly authentic.
Zachary Siegel
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
High Wire

Walmart's Dumb New Opioid Policy Could Cost Lives

The retail giant is joining other big pharmacies in setting seven-day caps on new opioid scripts. This is extremely dangerous, and may end in death.
Maia Szalavitz
5.8.18
opioid epidemic

Facebook Needs to Do More to Stop the Online Opioid Market, Says FDA Chief

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, called on social media sites and internet service providers to crack down on the online drug trade.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.5.18
united states of addiction

The Maker of OxyContin Is Funding Efforts to Fight Addiction: Is It ‘Blood Money’ or Charity?

Purdue Pharma, whose top-selling painkiller, OxyContin, helped fuel the opioid epidemic, now wants to help treat it—or at least salvage its own reputation.
Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News
3.15.18
united states of addiction

Trump Thinks Executing Drug Dealers Will Stop the Opioid Epidemic

But doing so would likely make the drug problem worse.
Jason Silverstein
3.14.18
Drugs

I Was a Teen Oxy Kingpin

Douglas Dodd had a fast rise as a serious player in the illegal painkiller scene in Florida. Then he got busted by the feds and tried to turn his life around.
Seth Ferranti
10.30.17
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