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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...
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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...
Posted in: Drugs, Society
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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Cocaine: History Between the Lines
Another History Channel Special, this time however on Cocaine and how it came to be one of the worlds most illicit drugs to date. This films takes us right back to the supposed origins of when the human appetite for Drugs began with one of the simplest being the chewing of the coca leaf in South America, where the natives thought it was a gift from God. Although the plant itself has been around for a long time, it wasn't until 1855 that cocaine was first extracted from the...
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Narco Bling
Mexico is at war, a war for control of its own country against a rich and powerful enemy the Mexican drug cartel. These narco traffickers live in a world of astonishing wealth and extravagance, this being said however they live in even more spectacular cruelty and violence. This film is about the criminal gangs that are earning billions from a seemingly endless flow of illegal drugs, most of which seem to end up in the United States. National Geographic explore this dark world, where of the the most wanted...
Swaziland: Gold Mine of Marijuana
In this edition of Hamilton Morris' "Pharmacopeia‎" vice show, Hamilton and his team pay a visit to the landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland, which is completely surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique and where the growing of Cannabis is still very much illegal. Despite this fact Swaziland boasts the more hectares of land dedicated to growing marijuana than all of India and therefore Hamilton has taken it upon himself to attempt to chemically analyze some of the local strains. Upon his arrival however he...
Posted in: Drugs, War
Colombia: Caught in Crossfire
Romeo Langlois an international reporter travelled to Colombia to accompany and document soldiers on a routine anti-narcotics operation when the patrol happened to encounter a group of armed FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels. This is the story of the whole ordeal and how the Colombian soldiers set up a defense perimeter which ultimately saved the journalists...