Drugs

Dopesick: Fentanyl’s Deadly Grip

Fentanyl is an extremely strong, synthetic opioid which has been estimated to have 50 times the potency as pure, pharmacy-grade heroin and about 100 times the potency of morphine. Once prescription opioids such as OxyContin started becoming too difficult or too expensive to find on the streets, people who were addicted to these types of drug started turning to the likes of heroin and Fentanyl in o

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Heroin: The Hardest Hit

Heroin overdose deaths in Virginia nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013 with every region having experienced an increase in heroin fatalities, these include a 164% increase in Northen Virginia, a 94% increase in Hampton Roads and a 50% increase in the Richmond Metro Area. Heroin: The Hardest Hit is a film which was put together by the VA State attorney's office in order to raise awareness about her

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Heroin: Cape Cod, USA

Heroin: Cape Cod, USA

Since 2001 the United States has seen a drastic increase in opiate related overdose deaths, the figures themselves have quadrupled and in 2014 Massachusetts alone saw more than 1,250 deaths related to heroin overdoses. 85 percent of all crimes committed on Cape Cod are opiate related. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA takes us on a journey to Cape Cod itself and exposes the epidemic that is currently sweep

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Afghanistan’s Child Drug Addicts

As the world focused on the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan this Channel 4 special set out to reveal how the conflict has lead to a terrifying rise in the number of children who are now addicted to opium and heroin. The film exposes many reasons for this spike in addiction, one being the fact that opium and heroin have become so readily available that it is now cheaper to treat pain wi

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The Power of the Placebo

Are they miracle pills? in theory they should't have any affect on us what so ever. Placebos can come in any shape or size and they contain no active ingredient but rather are a medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Typically in medical research, placebos are given as control treatments and depend on the use of measured suggesti

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Cocaine: Narcos, Sicarios and Peru

From the terror of hired killers trained by the cartels to the war on drugs in the remote jungles of Peru, this is a series about the new cartel wars and the legacy left behind by Pablo Escobar. Pablo Escobar was the mastermind of drug trafficking and narco terrorism in Colombia during the 1980s. He converted the city of Medellin into the cocaine capital of the world, pioneered a model that alm

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The Truth About Your Medicine Cabinet

Walk into any chemist shop and you will be bombarded by an array of pills and potions in bright shinny packages that claim to be able to treat almost any imaginable ailment from runny noses to spots, from coughs to aching muscles. These remedies however don't come cheap, we now spend two and a half billion pounds a year on a whole range of products, from pain killers to multivitamins and so on but

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El Chapo: CEO of Crime

Joaquín Guzmán, better known as El Chapo or Shorty is officially the worlds most powerful drug trafficker. From rags to riches in less than a decade, he managed to turn a startup operation into an international criminal empire. El Chapo has been described as "the Osama Bin Laden of drug trafficking", but he has proven to be more elusive than Bin Laden. He was captured in the 90's but managed to

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Britains Synthetic Marijuana Addicts

As the new British government began making movement to ban all legal highs, VICE went to visit Manchester where synthetic drugs such as "Spice" and other brands like Vertex, Pandora and Insane Joker are freely available to buy from newsagents and places known as headshops. Although manufacturers state on the packets that these products are not fit for human consumption, legal highs are used recrea

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