I am dying of cancer. Black-market psilocybin gave me a new lease on life.

Mushrooms worked magic on my mental health after a terminal diagnosis. More Canadians should have access to them.

Syringes, spoon, drugs on a black, dimly lit surface. High view. Concept of illegal substances, prohibited drugs, substance abuse, hidden, illegal traffic.

What is xylazine, the dangerous new drug fuelling Canada’s opioid crisis?

Kali Sedgemore, a harm-reduction worker in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, has seen its impact firsthand

The Big Idea: Stockpile Canada’s Drugs

The pandemic—and one very bad winter—have exposed long-standing gaps in Canada’s pharma supply. We can’t get caught off-guard again

Federal Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health Carolyn Bennett speaks during a news conference after British Columbia was granted an exemption to decriminalize possession of some illegal drugs for personal use, in Vancouver, on May 31, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Hard drugs to be decriminalized in British Columbia

Politics Insider for June 1: COVID-19 border restrictions to remain in place for another month; mandatory vaccine requirements drop off at Canada’s banks; criticism rains on Francois Legault

How science is bringing psychedelic mushrooms out of the shadows

After a long exile from academia, researchers are now looking to psychedelics as promising solutions for addiction, depression, and PTSD

Teenager smoking a joint

Marijuana addiction is real, and teenage users are most at risk

In the rush to legalize marijuana in Canada, medical experts are warning about weed’s alarming side, particularly for younger users

Canada’s first safe injection site struggles with the rise of fentanyl

In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, at Ground Zero of the opioid crisis, once-controversial Insite is now just one small part of a tragic landscape

Map showing deaths by opioid overdose, 2016

These are the provinces where the opioid crisis is most severe

Canadians came together to mark International Overdose Awareness Day at a time when the opioid crisis is ravaging their communities

American crime writer Don Winslow on guns, politics, drugs, and the police

The author takes inspiration from The Sopranos, The Wire and—in his new book, The Force—hip-hop

What really fuels Islamic State?

It’s not just religious extremism driving ISIS fighters. There are some serious drugs, too.

A ‘signal’ from Harper on drug enforcement

But his campaign pledge raises questions about federal anti-drug strategy

Could ecstasy be a potential treatment for PTSD?

The first clinical trial in Canada is under way to test whether the party drug could be part of a treatment for those with PTSD