Category “Drugs”

Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

Russell Brand used to be an addict of alcohol, heroin and other drugs. In his documentary, Brand challenges the system currently in use to treat addicts in Britain. His passionate, honest and eye-opening opinions on what needs to change is captivating. When Amy Winehouse died, a friend of his at the time, he realized he needed to stop taking drugs. He was told that if he kept up his lifestyle of daily drug use he would either be dead, in jail or in an insane asylum within 6 months. By the time he was 27, the same age Amy Winehouse died, Russell Brand was clean. The method he took was an...

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Trench Town: The Forgotten Land

Trench Town is a powerful look into the lives of the children living there. As one boy says, “Every morning as I rise, I hear gunshots firing”. Indeed, as we follow the children to school we can see gunshot filled signs and walls, little shacks ready to collapse, army tanks and car bombs. It is a dangerous risk just to get to school for these kids. Many of the older kids are in gangs because they have grown up in such a hopeless area with no reason to live. The average age for gangs is 14-25. The police are out numbered so it makes it difficult to put a stop to the warring trench town....

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Lindsay the OxyContin Addict

Lindsay, described as fun and outgoing by her friends, has changed her life forever by using the drug oxycontin. Lindsay grew up as a beautiful dancer and was much loved. Now twenty-four, Lindsay discusses the past few years of addiction. She explains how it is not only the addiction of the drug but the ritual of seeing the blood go into the needle. Now she spends around $900 a day and doesn’t even get high anymore. Lindsay does it simply not to get sick. She explains how it has changed her life and those of her family and friends forever. There have been times when she has tried to...

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American Outlaw: The True Story of a Marijuana Millionaire

A documentary chronicling the life of author Richard Stratton, from his early experiments with marijuana in suburban Massachusetts to his ultimate entry into the world of high volume, international hashish and marijuana trade. His involvement in the drug market, including the shipment of 7 tons of hashish from war-riddled Beirut into New York Harbor, led to his arrest and conviction to 25 years in maximum-security prison. This video, through re-enactments, stock footage, score and interview, tells the unbelievable...

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Heroin Holiday

Every August, while Europe's bankers, lawyers, and other desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to skirt, just acres of vermilion blooms and as much free opium as you can collect before nodding out. This year Vice joined the junkies on their heroin holiday, to learn how to turn the same poppies that seed our morning bagels into potent injectable narcotics and sample the most all-natural, locally sourced...

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Cold Turkey

Directed by Leo Regan and originally televised in 2001, 'Cold Turkey' tells the story of Lanre Fehintola a photojournalist who experimented with heroin whilst working on a book featuring drug addicts. 'Cold Turkey' tells the story of Lanre a year after Regan's original documentary 'Don't Get High on Your Own Supply' which followed Lanre after five years of addiction. Larne is plunged back into heroin addiction and Regan's film 'Cold Turkey' follows Larne's desperate bid to kick his heroin addiction through cold turkey. This programme presents the unique dynamic between the film maker...

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Cycling’s Greatest Fraud

This one-hour special dissects the story of the science and scheming behind what's been called "the most sophisticated and successful doping scheme in all of sports". Piece together eyewitness testimonies and delve into the illicit science to discover how the USADA says the doping plot began and then mushroomed in its complexity. With new interviews from key members of his inner circle, see how Armstrong went to great lengths to protect his secret and his legacy, by using all the powers at his command to silence and attack critics, while assuring the public that his blood was as clean...

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The Ambien Effect

Zolpidem tartrate, or Ambien, has been prescribed to millions of insomniacs internationally, yet those who use the drug to ensure a good night's sleep are seldom aware it also possesses the ability to normalise functioning in certain types of damaged neurons, a phenomenon called "the Ambien effect", The first awakening occurred in 1999 when a man who had spent three years in a persistent vegetative state spontaneously regained consciousness after ingesting a 10mg tablet. Since then, hundreds of patients have experienced miraculous recoveries from traumatic brain injury using Ambien. Hamilton...

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How Drugs Work: Cocaine

Documentary combining compelling real-life stories and stunning computer graphics to explore how cocaine creates its highs and its lows. Cocaine, once a drug exclusively for the rich and famous, is now the most popular class A drug in Britain, with more than 1.2 million people taking it in the UK in 2009. The film follows three users on nights out on coke and uses cutting-edge computer graphics to journey inside their bodies and brains to find out how the drug creates its highs and its lows. For some cocaine is the ideal addition to a night out, but for others taking it became a...

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