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Rat Park

A forgotten psychology experiment from the 1970s called Rat Park shows us that drug addiction has never really been about the drugs. It’s about the cages we live in.

The secret to solving the world’s drug crisis lies in a forgotten psychology experiment involving rats and heroin. Thirty years later, RAT PARK shows how the experiment’s radical findings are more relevant than ever. Following three stories 10,000 miles apart, we witness why drug laws and addiction are not really about the drugs. They’re about the cages we live in. In Portugal, a ceramics artist struggles with an all-consuming heroin problem even in a society that unconditionally supports drug users On the other side of the world, a young grieving mother and a hardened photojournalist in the Philippines grapple with the extrajudicial killings of drug users. And in Palm Beach, an outlaw recovery worker fights for life-saving tools for drug users living in ground zero of America’s opioid crisis. Through the perspective of the rat experiment’s creator and leading drug policy experts, RAT PARK shows us that a world where all drugs are legalized might be the only option in the aftermath of the futile war on drugs.

Vice Productions Inc.

VICE is the world’s leading youth media brand. Launched in 1994, VICE operates in 35 territories across the globe making 1500 pieces of content each day with a focus on five key businesses:, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICELAND, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 21 offices around the world.

VICE’s award-winning programming has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabodys, Sundance Film Festival, George Polk, Scripps Howard, PEN Center, Cannes Lions, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard and Webbys, among others.

Project Details

Release Date November 1, 2019
Content Component(s) TV One-Off
Episode(s) 1 x 90 mins
Genre(s) Documentary
Language(s) English
Target Audience(s) Adults
Health & Wellness Subject Area(s) Chronic Disease Management, Health Education, Mental Health, Social Participation
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