Sisa: Cocaine of the Poor (Part 1/2)

Greece in 2011, they were carving each other’s heads in,
during riots which would eventually lead to the
resignation of the prime minister, George Papandreou. Three prime ministers later,
and the situation in Greece isn’t much better. Extremist politics, civil
unrest, and of course poverty, continue to rip it apart. Now perhaps the most insidious
problems in Athens are homelessness and the spiraling
drug problem. Just driving through Athens,
it becomes clear that there are a lot of drugs
on the streets. People shoot heroin in
broad daylight, and dealers are easy to spot. But we’ve been hearing about a
new drug that’s taking over, a drug called sisa. -[SPEAKING GREEK] -[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: Sisa is the
worst drug ever? -[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: Reports on sisa are
rare, and little is known about the drug. But most rumors claim that it’s
a cheap derivative of crystal meth, cut with a
cookbook of god awful poisonous supplements. The name itself derives from
the Persian word for glass, shishe, that is often used to
describe glass pipes in Arabic and African countries. Supposedly, sisa sends its users
into mindless, violent states and can end up killing
them within months. We wanted to find out more, so
we went to Athens to meet the people who take sisa, and to
try and get a look at the stuff ourselves. [MUSIC PLAYING] ALEX MILLER: So this
is the library. They don’t have any lessons
here anymore. But what they have got
is a lot of used syringes, a lot of blood. It’s pretty ridiculous, right in
the center of Athens you’ve got such an open smack den. But if anything sums up quite
how much Athens has fallen prey to drug use, it’s the
symbol of formal education just now being a clusterfuck
of needles and addicts. In the past three years, there’s
been a notable rise of addicts in the city center. And now the drug they’re
all after is sisa. It’s new. And as such, rumor surrounds
both its effects and its ingredients. It’s more infamous than
it is understood. We’re on or way to meet the
head of Greece’s biggest anti-drugs organization. We’re hoping he can give
us some answers about what sisa is. One of the most interesting
things has been that nobody seems to know anything
about sisa. We’ve read articles saying that
actually it’s just the Greek name for methamphetamine. We’ve read articles saying
that no, no, no. You can only inject it. And it’s more like heroin. So we’re hoping that this guy’s
going to be able to clarify exactly what sisa is. KETHEA are a government funded
anti-drugs organization. In 2012, their director produced
a paper detailing the ways in which Greece’s economic
disaster had impacted on the drug habits
of the country. Within that paper, he mentioned
the rise of sisa. ALEX MILLER: Sisa, like crystal
meth, is supposed to be smoked, right? ALEX MILLER: This
is Konstantinos. He lives on the streets
of Athens. When we bumped into him,
he was shouting at a traffic light. We asked him if he’d ever tried
sisa and he said yes. KONSTANTINOS: [SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: And has it made
Athens a more dangerous place? KONSTANTINOS: [SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: At one euro a
hit, the price is right. And in that way, the story
behind sisa’s rise is an economic one, as is the
story of Greece today. Ever since Greece accepted a 110
billion euro bailout from Europe in 2010, the country
has been meeting crippling repayments through cuts, which
have drastically lowered quality of life in Greece. Youth unemployment
is close to 60%. National debt is at
160% of the GDP. And homelessness has risen by
approximately 25% since 2009. Things are getting
worse everywhere. But of course those
hardest hit are the ones on the street. The only reason people started
doing sisa in the first place was because they couldn’t
afford smack. They couldn’t afford meth. They couldn’t afford crack. The other thing about the
economic collapse is that it’s led to a complete destitution
within the health infrastructure once funded
by the government. That now means you have less
needle clinics, less health workers working on the streets
daily with drug addicts, less methadone clinics. It’s a perfect storm leading to
this horrible spread, this epidemic, of this
dangerous drug. One of the health institutions
which is suffering from the cuts is called Okana. They work directly with addicts
on the street and took us out to meet the people who
are suffering hardest. ALEXANDROS VLACHOS:
where he lives? Is this where you stay? Can you show us? -[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: This is where
you stay, right? -[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: There are new drugs
coming onto the street all the time– new, cheap
versions of drugs? -[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: So we’re being
driven through Athens by the guys from Okana. And they’re introducing us to
some of the people who live on the streets and some
of the users. And now we’re on our way to the
sisa hub, the center point where all the sisa
addicts hang out. Sitting on the street
we met George, a 39-year-old from Athens. George, what are
you doing now? ALEX MILLER: The sisa? ALEX MILLER: Does that
worry you, that it’s going in your body? ALEX MILLER: Do you get
scared of that? ALEX MILLER: Can
I see the pipe? ALEX MILLER: Oh, what? Light bulbs? ALEX MILLER: Yeah, it does. ALEX MILLER: How
much is a pipe? ALEX MILLER: I imagine
they break easy? ALEX MILLER: I promise
I won’t. Do you worry about it,
what it does to you? ALEX MILLER: How do
you feel now? ALEX MILLER: If you get a
really good hit, what does it feel like? ALEX MILLER: Everyone in Greece
is really, really worried about the use of sisa. But you don’t seem to think
that it’s that bad. ALEX MILLER: Things have got
so bad for the state sector that today the Okana
guys have staged a protest against the cuts. Right now, all the little
centers where the drug addicts go are completely shut down
while these guys fight for more pay, and rightly so. -[SPEAKING GREEK] ALEX MILLER: Do you think this
state cares at all about drug users or the homeless? -[SPEAKING GREEK] [CHANTING IN GREEK] -[SPEAKING GREEK] [CHANTING IN GREEK] ALEX MILLER: Konstantinos is
one of the people suffering from cuts to organizations
like Okana. Without their help, he spends
his day begging at crossroads for money for food


  • Karyl Simon

    Greek has enough doctors and engineers.
    Mass deportations now.
    If there are no difference between the races…. They can improve their own country

  • Michael Kyrio

    Greece is burning…

  • Mehul P

    It's so funny that vice has covered the alligator drug 7 years ago and he doesn't know it😂

  • paswordIs palindrone

    Every thing of creation must come to an end. Either a long, painful end or instantaneous.

  • Malachi Clevenger

    The doctor was reading a script

  • RoCk ShaDoW-WaLkEr

    It's the same meth made from pseudoephedrine poor people in North America make, Sisa is not something new or unknown.


    He is in the video " βρωμοφωνα καθίκια" in 2:37

  • Blake Hire

    100 billion dollar bail out, to think that's what some companies here in northern California make in one day. Unreal.

  • colonel Angus

    If everyone in this video came to America,or Canada most likely they could open up their own House of Pizza. Then they would find pizza, I mean peace, I mean piece of pizza, not sisa… You dope, I said pizza,yes a House of Pizza,no,not a house of sisa, Jesus Christ,forget about it,it's all Greek to me. I love Gyros and the yummy cucumber sauce. No not that kinda sauce,r you in drugs dude?? Here let me buy you slice of sisa, I mean pizza.. oh crikey.!!! Taxi, take me home.!

  • Jose Melendez

    Apparently something new in Greece

  • Boki

    Ah damn, greetings from your north neighbour N.Macedonia. All retarded politician conflicts aside its painful to see Greece like this, especially since i go there every year for holidays. I hope in 2019 the situation is much better stay strong malakas.

  • Battalon

    10:10 Why the f did he show the pipe around. This junkie had a reason hiding behind a smart smoking 🚬

  • Amit Sable

    I believe, one day Greece will stand out from all thel problems and shine like Sun. It was a great nation, many amazing things given by Greeks. Finally it is land of great philosopher, kings, artist and sportsman.

  • Drowsy D

    Hold my Ak and pass me the pipe

  • Chris Leedham

    People dont do drugs, drugs do people until they're dead.

  • Riley Kinn

    Someone figured out a way to make meth deviatingly even worse.

  • Riley Kinn

    CHEAP BUZZ!! Pack your bags we're going to Athens.

  • Libor Tinka

    "I don't know what's in it" … then he goes ahead and smokes it anyway. This is so sad 🙁 How detached the people must be from their bodies to go into such risks…

  • health risks

    I living greese and i am 15 years old i dont like that all the people takes drugs and all this is not good for little kids!!!!please take the dealers

  • sidka84

    Nah,it s a common drug here in Slovakia (methamphetamine)

  • facespit


  • moon glow

    Worse than Flakka, which has invaded Florida ❓‼️🇺🇸

  • Albert Mag

    It's so sad to see Greece in such a depressed state to tink they were once at the pinnacle leading human Knowledge, Understanding and Achievement in all mathematical, scientific and the Arts

  • Gusde Tanaya

    Oh how have Greece fallen.. the gods have put a huge curse on you for leaving them.

  • James Willingham

    This is like hundreds of cities in the US

  • Lore Mojardin

    Here in México, it’s know as cristal or cacharpa. Very adictive. Really cheap highly adictive

  • Dottore Vino

    This is the result of socialist capitalism that ruins the Western World. Great job, central banks.

  • Nyana11

    dictatorship destroy Greece to get all the greek undersea oil and gas resource. look at the sea around Cyprus England is pumping , Israel is pumping use is pumping greek get a dick !
    Now they trying to start a war with turkey , how insane , turkey will blew away whole Greece in 2 hours. and its whores use ,England and fucking Israel as well

  • Nathan Sugden

    Absolutely fucking heartbreaking.

  • Sepher Agon

    This is what being in the European Union does to a country.

  • OTRTrucker Rob

    It's just meth. I'm a recovering IV addict and I'm on felony probation for distribution. These different cultures don't understand things how we do. I promise you it is just meth. Which isnt to be taken lightly, I've done everything in the world and NOTHING has taken me to a bottom so dark and demonic the way ice has. Stay the fuck away from it.

  • Gotta-Gomoto Gotta-Gomoto

    Good ole crank lol. Wanna ruin a complete society? Just drop off a bunch of crank , coke an heroin

  • kris honeyman

    all drug users are just escaping reality DONT JUDGE YOU DONT KNOW SHIT

  • Demps 69

    Wow ho the Greeks have fallen from the golden age.

  • Doc

    So send out a lethal batch, kill them off

  • calenstube

    Vice only hires morons and imbeciles as its reporters.

  • Free Traders

    I wonder if Athens would be considered a shithole country?

  • Stoned Patrol

    That last dudes booger was hanging so hard! He has major skills to be able to snort that monster up in one sniff.. specially without even exhaling his rip yet!

    So funny they use the booger drip for the thumb nail pic for part 2!

  • Chris OConnor

    my guess is these extra chemicals are leftover from the chemical reactions of making meth…they probably dont know how to make meth well.

  • Xero Punt

    It's no reason. Have faith & doors will open. Each person can find a simple job/gig & live on bread. This is giving up.

  • final boss

    George already answered his question, then the reporter asked him yet again the same question and the reporter was a bit of a donkey and the guy was trying to enjoy his pipe that's a normal reaction.

  • Gh Hhjj

    That's just methamphetamine. For this a doku, are you kidding me?

  • Charlie Bucket

    If u wear flip flops…you might get aids

  • Minnesota Manson

    My idols

  • Ryan T

    Looks like somewhere in the West Coast of the U.S. to be honest….

  • Road Runner

    People make the wrong choices based on there emotion instead of rational thinking. Every nation can overcome a crisis but those who are mentally weak are vurnerable for drugs.

  • William Smart

    It's probably what we call shake and bake in the United States of America cheap crystal meth

  • MrMomoitin

    Damn Greece is a shithole and vice sucks cock!

  • Micah Johnson

    That's so messed up, straight up battery chemicals!?! Dude, that shit, the blue stuff on the electrodes the doc was talking about? That's death dude! Old trick dealers used to use: front or give a addict a small amount cut with thst stuff and kill them or nearly kill them, then tell everybody he coukdnt handle the good good, and watch your sales boom. It's sick man, this dope game…😢

  • tom tom

    What a shit journalist

  • Marcus Bernarding

    Casual nuttap at 7:39

  • Malik Tabarik

    It's dangerous drug

  • Ty Vann

    Clean it up

  • Daniel gemdpr

    That is crack

  • Jacob Carlson

    Man, all those tweeker are burning the shit out of there meth,made me want to puke.

  • Cathy T

    when the dude was all hunkered over smoking his pipe and said he dont give a shit i cried in my heart for him. the hopelessness and feeling of helplessness is so very obvious. how did we get here people? its truly sad.

  • Fake Vegan

    VICE: we wanted to find out more about Sisa so we got high on it for 5 days straight….heres what happened

  • Bob Ong

    All drugs are bad

  • Justin Maytham

    That's called Tik in South Africa

  • Ethan K

    Look at this guy giving this guy a bad trip

  • Himanshu Dubey

    11:49 yes I think its weed🤗

  • Dropkick Murphys

    Dobel L aja gayn

  • Max Whitney

    i kinda wanted him to eat that booger that was hanging down

  • Molly Jackson

    One thing id like to know is how many people are Addict's that clicked on this video. I know I am, hence why i clicked on it. I've got 2 years in recovery and it's videos like this that make me much more thankful. If you're an addict struggling, just know its possible no matter how much it doesn't feel it right now. I always have open ears for the ones who's feel like they don't matter. You matter 🖤

  • Wes Schaapveld

    This just sounds like ice the U.S. has had this gor for years its just a different recipe.

  • stacie carp

    That is so Wild : (

  • Edwin Storz

    Jesus The Christ, the truth and the way and the light, Amen!!!!

  • مختدة العراقي البصراوي

    محتاج الوصفه مال كرستال او شبو

  • no label

    taking a substance into your body alters your reality —when you have a headache you take a drug to get you out of that reality you are in and so taking a drug/substance is the same…it takes you out of that reality and given how the majority of beings within this realm unconsciously know the falseness of free will and know to well in reality it is the will to be free

  • Tone Lopez

    I pray for Greece

  • Gusztav Onodi

    Ilyeneket csinál a drog én ki nem probálám soha életemben és senkinek se alyánlom

  • Zakat


  • the Gaurdian

    62% of people under 25 unemployed thats insane

  • Lost in Time Urban Exploration

    If it's about drugs, and Hamilton isn't involved, I immediately exit the video.

  • Game Dares

    I know I was just thinking I would love to live in Greece but after watching this I wanna live there more its probably so easy to get weed

  • Unauthorized Expression

    I'm sure things are much better now with the Muslim immigrants.

  • Unauthorized Expression

    It's so retarded when they talk about all the dangerous chemicals that go into making something. You can only break down chemical bonds with strong chemicals. Everything is made with dangerous chemicals. Asprin is no different.

  • Peter Gazer

    Supposedly sisa sends its users into mindless violent states and can end up killing them within months. We wanted to find out more so we tried it ourselves

    Now that would’ve been some video

  • Catalyst

    lipame pou vlepo auti tin alpelpisia stin matrida mou

  • Fatty 2 Much

    These Mfs dirty 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣

  • Adnane TruthSeeker

    Socrates, Plato, Aristotle are rolling in their graves.

  • NatureBoy210

    satan laughs as he takes these wretched souls to hell/pitt/abyss with every hit

    the earth is flat

    yahshua is lord

  • Unknown Beast Gaming

    Vice 2013: great reporting
    Vice 2019: let’s smoke out of a banana

  • Joshua Peterson

    back when vice still had some balls…heroine holiday still my favorite video

  • Suave

    The fact that he says that they’ll give it to him for 1 euro if they are “friends”… no friend gonna do that, in reality you only just bring him business.

  • kurt gomez

    Am i the only one who wants to duplicate this drug? 😂

  • Winston Smith

    It would be better if you told us the active ingredient instead of guessing and calling it sisa

  • Winston Smith

    It's probably a research chemical from China.

  • Tony Bones

    Carving heads in lol , it's caving in heads 😂😂 nice attempt tho tuff guy

  • Memeh Mehut

    Bana vern

  • David Larocque

    Shake n bake

  • Mohamed Ben

    11:05 Save the World 😢😢

  • Edwin Cifuentes

  • That One Guy

    Pericles wants to know your location

  • The royal giant GAMER

    This is some evil crap when the life span is just 6 months

  • *ti pideras*

    0:30 Sounds like they are Singing tokyo drift

  • Murat Beyaz


  • Galina Dontask

    Sad. A lot of handsome looking men and I bet a lot of attractive women all scrambling for this rubbish drug just to get high.

  • Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve

    AC odyssey?

  • Francis Drake

    Hay bankers look what you done…..God help these poor souls.


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