Category “Drugs”

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 how much do we really know about the these products we are buying? Dr Chris Van Tulleken is on a mission to find out the truth about some of Britain's top selling over the counter...

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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 escape 8 years later. Authorities from both the United States and Mexico have been trying to catch him and on the 22nd of February of 2014 they did just that, but on the 11th of July 2015 he...

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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 recreationally all over the UK and sometimes make the news when students overdose on them. In this short film, VICE wanted to meet up with a more vulnerable group of users of these drugs, those who seem...

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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 addiction. For over three years he followed various addicts, treatment providers and medical professionals who would hopefully give him the answer. The result of which is this film, where he...

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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 this film we see rare archival footage which includes interviews with several sources who have previously never spoken on camera and we get a glimpse into how Mathews became immersed into the life of...

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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 browser is known as Tor. This feature documentary by Alex Winter explores the Deep Web, primarily focusing on the trail of Ross Ulbricht, the apparent creator and administrator of Silk Road, a...

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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, that have spanned some 30 years and include a few of the biggest names in sport, such as a British olympic legend. Daly asks do the cheats themselves still retain the upper hand in their...

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Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom

More than a year has past since Colorado became the first state in the United States to legalise the sale of recreational Marijuana, but sometimes the line between whats legal and what isn't is still a little hazy. In this documentary, reporter Harry Smith examines the issue of cannabis in the workplace, as Colorado employers try to reconcile with a more-open cannabis culture with the workplace enforcing zero tolerance rules. We also get a glimpse into the other side of Marijuana, a more serious side were people have moved to Colorado in order to use the drug medicinally for chronic...

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Meth and Madness In Mexico

All over the world hundreds of thousands of people are fighting a hidden war, the outcome of which could affect us all, its the war against drugs. Despite a world wide crackdown drug use continues to rise, so BBC reporter Stacey Dooley is travelling across three continents to investigate the newest drugs on the market, asking questions such as, who is really behind the narcotic trades and what are the authorities doing to stamp it out? In South Africa Dooley discovers a stronger strain of Cannabis being smuggled into Britain and in Cambodia she goes on the trail of the production of...

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