Category “Drugs”

Russell Brand: End the Drugs War

Comedian and Actor, Russell Brand sets off on a personal journey in order to see for himself how the "war on drugs" in the UK is being carried out. Brand an ex-addict himself gets talking to those still addicted, care workers, politicians and also gets taken along with the police to witness and actual raid. He questions the UK's approach to fighting drug and explores possible alternatives including the legalisation of drug consumption. Brand also meets up with those who question his views and sets up an interview with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg where he finds time to express his point...

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A Bad Trip to Edgewood

90 miles north of Washington D.C. stands Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. From World War I to the present day it has been the centre of the US Army's research into chemical warfare. Within it's laboratories bazaar experiments took place, by giving a cat LSD Edgewood scientists were able to turn nature and normality upside down. Animals were always tested before humans the reasoning for such tests were that army scientists wanted to research and understand about the dose levels for nerve agents and chemical compounds i.e. what would simply incapacitate and what would be considered lethal on the...

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Back from the Brink: Heroin’s Antidote

The United States has seen a spike in Opioid abuse over the last decade, in 2010 an average of 100 people died a day due to an overdose. Drug overdoses now kill more people each year than gun shot wounds or car crashes but finding a solution has been hard because of the stigma surrounding drug users and lack of support for programs that are based on reducing the harmful effects of drug use rather than those requiring abstinence. New England in particular has been hit hard by this rise in fatal overdoses and in Massachusetts deaths by heroin and other such opiates has rising by more than...

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Blood, Smack Tears Afghanistan’s Heroin Hell

Afghanistan, this country is the worlds biggest heroin producer, 90% of all opiate based drugs come from here, but now it is also one of the worst consumers of narcotics anywhere. The nations drug habit is taring society apart, life by life. This BBC film follows two young addicts witnessing their efforts to kick heroin addiction and attempt to get their lives back on...

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Michaella, Peru and the Drugs Run

Last June a young Tyrone women left Ireland looking for adventure. Twenty year old Michaella Mccollum had never been on a plane before she flew out to Ibiza, she was a promotions girl who told her family she was going to work as a dancer but after 5 weeks on the party island she disappeared. Michaella turned up 6000 miles away alongside a young Scottish women her family had never heard of before, both had been accused of being drug mules. Michaella now faces serving 6 years in jail and has become the poster girl for everything associated with 21st century drugs culture. This is her...

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Ibiza Drugland

Since the major English nightclubs opened for business in Ibiza in the late 80's, the "White Island" has become a dream for young clubbers, but a heavy cocktail of drugs, clubs and sunshine mixed with vast numbers of pill popping tourists has also transformed the island, into a dealers paradise. This film interviews many of Ibiza's drug dealers in an attempt to better understand the culture and lifestyle along with medical professionals, the police, customs and tourists...

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E is for Ecstasy

Back in 1992 the BBC aired this documentary that follows a small group of british youths who regularly take ecstasy and are involved in the rave scene of the time. This film asks these individuals to share there experiences and sets about determining what motivates users to consume the drug whilst discussing the possibility of long term effects with medical...

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Getting High On HIV Medication

With most drugs there is a long pre established history of what the activity and effects of that drug is going to be like, this is not the case however with Efavirenz. Efavirenz are an antiretroviral drug that was approved by the FDA in 1998 to help treat those infected with HIV. It is said however that even though this drug is considered quite effective that patients taking it have reported bizarre dreams, hallucinations, and feelings of unreality. Hamilton Morris travels to South Africa to try and figure out for himself what the effects of consuming such a drug are and the cultural...

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CRACKHOUSE

CRACKHOUSE is a "Real Life" documentary by the BBC where ex-crack cocaine user Carl John or 'CJ' revisits his home town in Liverpool to get back in touch with some old friends who are all now addicted to the drug themselves. This unique film gives us a great insight into the day in a life of a crack addict, we are faced with prostitution and shoplifting as a means of getting by in this seedy way of...

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