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Fixing the System

Fixing the System

In this VICE special we see then President of the United States, Barack Obama, make history as he becomes the first President to ever visit a federal prison. The visit itself occurred back in July 2015, and alongside Obama we see award-winning journalist and founder of VICE Shane Smith, as they both set out to investigate America's broken criminal justice system. America is notoriously known fo

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The Truth About Alcohol

Last January the British government released its new guidelines for alcohol consumption and for the UK's 40 million drinkers it was all pretty sobering. For men the recommended weekly limit was slashed by a third which equates to roughly 7 pints of beer, bringing it in line with the amount recommended for women. In this film we see A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim embark on mission to discover

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Hepatitis Country

Hepatitis Country

Hepatitis C is a liver disease which tends to be very contagious, being spread primarily through contact with the blood of someone who is infected. It's severity can range from a mild illness lasting only a couple of weeks to becoming a serious, lifelong illness which attacks the liver. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC have come out and estimated that around 3.5 mi

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Oxyana

Oxyana

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the town known as Oceana, located in West Virginia is perfect. It is one of the oldest town's in Wyoming County and is surrounded by pure beauty, mountains filled with colour, calm rivers flowing on the outskirts of town with its inhabitance moving at a leisurely pace. All of the above is true but in recent years a more sinister side has evol

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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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