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
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
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
High Wire

It Doesn't Take a Genius to Solve the Opioid Crisis

Solutions to this deadly disaster are clear, and America needs a new coalition to address it—maybe even one that includes Kellyanne "Alternative Facts" Conway.
Maia Szalavitz
High Wire

What Trump's National Opioid Emergency Should Look Like

The president should strip away the red tape preventing people from getting methadone or buprenorphine, which are proven to reduce opioid overdose.
Maia Szalavitz
High Wire

No, High Workers Aren't What's Wrong with America's Economy

Bosses keep complaining that they can't find middle-class workers with clean urine—as if that's a real reason why inequality is so high in this country.
Maia Szalavitz
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Heroin-Esque Fish Venom Could Be the Next Big Painkiller Breakthrough

Rather than inflict pain, the fang blenny slows its predators down with just one bite.
Maddison Connaughton

How Two Teens Used the Baltimore Riots to Start an 'Uber of Drug Dealing'

A new book shows how Freddie Gray's death—and the unrest that followed—presented an opportunity for young dealers.
Seth Ferranti

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
High Wire

The DEA Is About to Make Life Even More Dangerous for Heroin Users

The feds are set to make Kratom, a popular herbal painkiller used as an alternative to heroin and Oxy, schedule I. This is very bad for America's addicts and others who use opioids.
Maia Szalavitz
High Wire

Reducing the Painkiller Supply Could Make America's Opioid Problem Even Deadlier

We know from a century of prohibition that cutting down the supply of a desired drug tends to encourage stronger, shadier alternatives.
Maia Szalavitz

Canada's Plan to Combat the Opioid Crisis Could Hurt Terminal Patients

A bid to stop doctors from prescribing high doses of opioid painkillers could leave vulnerable people in painful limbo.
Colin Graf