Checking in to Europe’s largest illegal drugs supermarket

With the help of a priest, we search for a new class of east European addicts who steal for heroin in Madrid’s Cañada Real by Michael Bird, Vlad Odobescu and Feliciano Tisera. Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina. Published in The Black Sea   Madrid’s underground station of Embajadores is a crowded junction with a fountain gushing […]

Crimea – where Russia’s war on drugs has deadly consequences

Up to 100 recovering drug users have died in Crimea since Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsular and banned their medication A feature published in The Black Sea, The Influence (USA) and Matters of Substance (NZ) magazines   Surrounded by seaside resorts, Crimea has been both a magnet for holidaymakers and drug users (picture copyright: Petrut Calinescu)   “I had to abandon home, […]

How Hare Krishna and Therapy Saved Me from Drugs in Tiraspol

Breaking free of crime and opiate addiction in Moldova’s frozen conflict zone of Transnistria needed a cocktail of spiritual and psychological aid for ex-fighter Yuri – a feature published in The Black Sea A former amateur boxer and soldier, 42 year-old Yuri, is reminiscing about his veins. Once they were raised and prominent, like those of a […]