If you want to know the best vice drug documentaries on Netflix, you’ve come to the right place. We are talking here about drugs as a vice, so don’t hope you’ll find any Vice documentaries. They are unfortunately unavailable on Netflix.
Now, the drugs have always been a fascinating topic for filmmakers. It can be covered from multiple aspects, from production, distribution, and use to their legal status of drugs. That is just not the case with other vices. Smoking and drinking obviously are not topics hot enough for the filmmakers, probably due to cigarettes and alcohol being legal. Aren’t the illegal things always more interesting, at least at first?
While you will occasionally stumble on a documentary that will tell you everything you need to know about heroin or cocaine, you are more likely to find a documentary talking about the War on Drugs or attempts to legalize marijuana. It has been like this since 1971 when the government of the United States began with the campaign to keep the streets of the country free from drugs.
As you will see from many of these documentaries, the United States miserably failed in their efforts. The War on Drugs campaign turned out to be most expensive and longest war that the country participated in. It is estimated that the country spends around $50 billion annually on the campaign. It also contributed that the United States have the highest prison population in the world and almost ¼ of that population is doing time for drug-related offenses. If the War on Drugs is indeed successful, why do people still commit drug-related crimes in large quantities? Shouldn’t the rate of drug abuse be smaller? If you like more lighthearted approach to documentaries, check out these 15 Best Vice Documentaries on YouTube.
In order to find the best vice drug documentaries on Netflix, we took recommendations about drug-related documentaries overall and on Netflix from multiple sources including Cheat Sheet and Mic. Then we checked the documentaries for their availability on Netflix (New on Netflix) since the streaming service constantly changes its content. Those available were then ranked according to their IMDb rating. Let’s give it a look.