Drugs

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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Iboga Nights

Iboga Nights

In 2003 the director of this film, David Graham Scott, chose a bizarre way to end his long term opiate addiction by means of a psychedelic plant root called Iboga, in the hopes of getting over his dependance on methadone once and for all. After his success, David now wanted to find out more about the "wonder drug" Iboga and discover whether or not it truly was the magic bullet that cured his drug

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Frank Matthews

Frank Matthews

It is said that Frank Mathews was richer than the "American Gangster" Frank Lucas, more powerful than the Mafia and in 1973 he managed to skip bail, dropping off the face of the earth with a staggering, 15 million dollars, never to have been seen again. Over 40 years have now passed since his disappearance and how Mathews managed to evade the law for so long long still remains a mystery. In thi

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Deep Web

Deep Web

The Deep Web is vast, thousands of times larger than the "Surface Web" i.e. the searchable web that we all know and love. The Deep Web itself is not a place it just simply accounts for all of the unindexed content stored online, this includes banking data, administrative code for governments, corporations and universities. Over time people began using the Deep Web via special browsers, one such br

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Catch Me If You Can

Investigative journalist Mark Daly, is a keen athlete but for more than a year he had embedded himself into the murky world of doping in athletics. It's an investigation like none he has done before, having to push himself to his physical limit in order to truly understand the world he's entering, he even goes as far as becoming a doper himself. The story includes tales of coverup and hypocrisy

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