The thought provoking series returns to give marginalised and misunderstood Australians a voice. In this episode, we gain an unprecedented insight into the minds of people who have attempted suicide and survived.
In Indonesia, the tobacco industry is virtually unregulated. Over two-thirds of all men are smokers and it's commonplace for children as young as six to take up the habit. Investigating this phenomenon in Malang, VICE visits a clinic that promises cures to a plethora of modern ailments through tobacco and smoking. Heroin is the most addictive drug on earth, and some people will do anything to kick the habit. Enter Ibogaine, a drug made out of the African iboga root, whose intense, hallucinogenic properties make it a Type-A felony drug. But many swear it's the most effective way to kick heroin addiction, especially when combined with a ritual that involves face paint and chanting.
Over the past few years, Australia's 'war on drugs' has turned its attention largely to ice. We talk to ice users, both past and present, to find out what the attraction to this drug is all about. #YouCantAskThat.
Since the US occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production in the region has skyrocketed, making the country the number-one producer in the world by a large margin. Suroosh Alvi takes a rare look inside neighbouring Iran to meet the suffering heroin addicts, and to see how the country is coping with the illegal drug trade. With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves. This is prime real estate and the five nations bordering the Arctic are readying themselves to fight for it. David Choe heads north to witness NATO forces participating in the largest polar military exercise in history. The problem is that there's one non-NATO country that already considers itself rightful owner of the region: Russia.
Three years after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, citizens and the international community are left wondering if Japan really does have the situation in Fukushima under control. Then, Ryan Duffy talks with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are struggling with mental illness, addiction, and PTSD, often over-prescribed narcotics and other pharmaceuticals that bring their own sets of problems.