Category “Drugs”

Breaking the Taboo

In 2011 a group of world leaders including seven ex-presidents set up the global commission on drug policy to end the forty year war on drugs. But wars are easier to start than to finish. The war on drugs officially started in 1971 when President Richard Milhous Nixon said: “We must wage what I have called total war against public enemy number one in the United States, the problem of dangerous drugs.” The answer for a country already fighting one war in Vietnam was another war, but this time on drugs, to combat the number of Americans using illegal narcotics. But the war on drugs would...

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Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth

Central Valley, California, is home to some of the most impoverished rural towns in America, where crystal meth addiction is prolific. In Fresno, Louis finds a community ravaged by this cheap and highly addictive drug. As he infiltrates the town, he experiences the reality of meth abuse, as addicts who are high (or 'tweaking', as it is known) invite him into their homes to see them take hit after hit of their favourite drug. Louis becomes surrounded by the madness of daily addiction and the meth-addled confusion which is breaking this community apart. He sees its impact through the eyes...

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Africa’s Moonshine Epidemic

Ugandans are the hardest drinking Africans in the motherland, both in terms of per capita consumption and the hooch they choose to chug. Waregi, or "war gin," is what they call the local moonshine, and it makes the harshest Appalachian rotgut taste like freaking...

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The Rise of Psychedelic Truffles in Amsterdam

"We took a trip to Amsterdam to learn about the ban of psychedelic mushrooms and the rise of truffles that contain psilocybin (the stuff that makes you trip balls)." Watch more VICE documentaries here:...

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The Mexican Mormon War

The cartels of Juarez, Mexico, are at war with a group of Mormons, some of whom are related to Mitt Romney. We went there to document the conflict, meet Romney's Mormon family, and find out more about how US policy is impacting the war on...

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Krokodil: Russia’s Deadliest Drug

A homemade drug called Krokodil is gaining popularity in Siberia and its effects on users are horrific. Krokodil is Russian for Crocodile, because of the way addicts' skin begins to get turn scaly, dry and eventually rot right off their bodies. Even most heroin users are frightened by Krokodil and want nothing to do with this terrifying...

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The Secrets of a Drug Dealer

Ever wonder how to sell $100,000 worth of drugs in a week? VICE learned the secrets of a drug dealer in NYC – a man who will deliver any substance you want, 24/7. He told them everything – from where he gets his drugs to how his crew operates. VICE first met the dealer few months ago and after kind of earning his trust for a little while he agreed to let them hang out with him, but for a really obvious reasons, lot of the names and the places that you see in this peace are going to be withheld. A few weeks after this interview the dealer was arrested while with his girlfriend. Three...

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PLay FiLm

A short documentary interview: A man in the depth of serious drug addiction talks about his life and the effect heroin is having on it.(contains explicit intravenous drug...

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The Oxycontin Express

In this Peabody Award-winning edition of Vanguard, correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to South Florida – the Colombia of prescription drugs – to expose a bustling pill pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Ft.Lauderdale to the rolling hills of Appalachia. The OxyContin Express features intimate access with pill addicts, prisoners and law enforcement as each struggles with a lethal national epidemic. Florida has become a pill popper’s paradise and the main source of an illicit prescription drug pipeline. Lax laws and little oversight have led to a booming number of...

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