Month: July 2020

15-Year-Old Admits to Supplying Fatal Ecstasy Pills to a 13-Year-Old

Photo: Westmacott / Alamy Stock Photo A young teenager in the UK has admitted supplying the ecstasy pills that killed a 13-year-old boy last year. This week, a youth court heard that, in April of 2019, Carson Price bought three Donkey Kong pills via Snapchat from the defendant, who was 14 at the time and cannot be named

The Rise, Fall, and Explosive Return of Benzos to Australia

Nicola* was 16 when she was first prescribed valium; a moment in time that she struggles to recollect. “One of the downsides of benzo addiction is that my memory is pretty bad,” she explains. What Nicola can remember is struggling with chronic anxiety and how her psychiatrist wrote out a prescription. According to Nicola, there

Why Is the UK Still Obsessed with Laughing Gas?

“The atmosphere of the highest of all possible heavens, must be composed of this gas.” When Robert Southey inhaled nitrous oxide – aka laughing gas – from a silk bag handed to him by Humphry Davy, his reaction was as florid as one might expect from a future Poet Laureate. It was 1799 and Southey

The Ups and Downs of Dealing Drugs Throughout Lockdown

Wearing a green Barbour wax jacket and glossy Hunter wellies, Dan* looks more like a wealthy local farmer than a member of a Liverpudlian organised crime group that imports and distributes heroin and cocaine around the UK. He’s here in Cornwall, in the southwest of England, to check up on one of his four teams

The US Just Had Its Deadliest Year for Overdose Deaths

Close to 71,000 people died of overdoses in the U.S. in 2019. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images The U.S. just had its deadliest year on record for overdose deaths, and the problem will likely get worse, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert told VICE News. According to preliminary data from the Centers

Australians Haven’t Been Using This Much Coke Since 2001

Cocaine use in Australia is the highest it’s been in almost 20 years, according to a new report on the nation’s drug habits. The Australia Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found, among other things, that between 2016 and 2019 cocaine use was at the highest level researchers had

Why Mexican Cartels Are Shooting Up Drug Rehabs

The roses that lie in the dry dirt outside the ‘Road to My Recovery’ rehab center are still fresh. They fell from the gates of the impoverished drug project on the outskirts of the small Mexican city of Irapuato, where they had been left by mourners. Alongside spent candles and torn police tape, this is

Police Chiefs Group Calls for Canada to Decriminalize Drug Possession

Justin Trudeau has so far said he is not considering decriminalizing drugs following the legalization of cannabis. Photo by The Canadian Press.  The group representing police chiefs from across Canada is calling for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs. In a news conference Thursday, Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer, who is the