War on Drugs

Drugs & Crime

The Absurd Theater of the Modern Cocaine Bust

When a billion dollars worth of coke was seized this week, experts were quick to remind us that it's not going to solve America's drug problem.
Alex Norcia

The Battle for Legal Medical Marijuana Hits Malaysia

A landmark decision legalizing medical weed in Thailand has some other countries questioning whether they should follow suit.
VICE Staff

How the Drug War Eats the Poor

According to a new report by the NGO Health Poverty Action, prohibition drives poverty and criminality in places like Brazil and India.
JS Rafaelli
War on Drugs

The Pentagon Spent Billions Fighting the War on Drugs Without Even Asking for a Plan

A new government watchdog report says the Pentagon has paid states billions of dollars for counter-narcotics operations without ever asking what would be done with that money.
Matthew Gault

This Is How America Is Failing Its Young Opioid Generation

Jeremy was young and addicted. Over six years, he was let down over and over again by the very system that was meant to help him.
Jack Dodson

Snack Foods Are Not Crack, and It's Not Cute to Compare Them

Branding that compares gourmet foods to hard drugs makes light of the real impact of addiction and the War on Drugs.
Hilary Pollack

How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs

Much of the world used to treat drug addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one. And then America got its way.
JS Rafaeli

A Tarantino-Inspired Filipino Filmmaker Takes on Duterte’s ‘Death Squads’

‘Manila Death Squad’ is funny and beautiful—until it gets super dark.
Beckett Mufson

The Government Knew the War on Drugs Was Doomed from the Start

A 1967 Commission on Law Enforcement report on drugs was way ahead of its time.
Zachary Siegel
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

The True Story Behind 'White Boy' Rick

Seth Ferranti talks about his correspondence with Richard Wershe, a.k.a. White Boy Rick, a teenager who gained notoriety for underworld drug dealing.
VICE Staff

Inside the Insane Story of How Pablo Escobar Was Finally Captured

More than 20 years after the death of the "king of cocaine," countries are still dealing with the aftermath.
VICE Staff
Rise Up

Legal Weed Could Revolutionize PTSD Treatment For Veterans

Service members of many eras and ages have fought on the state and federal levels to shift policy and public opinion on legal weed.
Jasper Craven