Drugs

Escobar’s Hitman

Escobar’s Hitman

Not every day does one get the opportunity to meet a man who is personally responsible for murdering over 250 people and torturing thousands more. In this RT special we meet John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, a.k.a. Popeye, he is a local celebrity in Medellin, Colombia and can be found walking around the streets in broad daylight enjoying the attention he receives. Back in the 80's when the city of 

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Warning: This Drug May Kill You

HBO's special Warning: This Drug May Kill You is a heartbreaking tale of four families who have all been tragically affected by prescribed opioid addiction, it is an epidemic that is echoed all across the United States, ripping communities apart one addict at a time. It is an epidemic which was fueled by an aggressive 1990's marketing campaign led by Purdue Pharma that promoted the widespread u

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Mum Loves Drugs, Not Me

In this shocking Dispatches special we witness the devastating effects of illegal drug abuse, not on those who use them but rather on the 350,000 or so children who's parents have a serious drug problem and the grandparents who tend to be left to pick up the pieces. Around 3,500 babies are born to heroin addicted mothers every year in the United Kingdom, this equates to about 10 a day and in th

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Alcohol: Britain’s Most Harmful Drug

It is no secret that the UK as a whole has a particularly high intake rate of alcohol compared to other parts of Europe. The blame for this has been placed largely on the availability of cheap drinks throughout the county by politicians, but the issue runs much deeper than this. This is especially noticeable during the Christmas month of December where it has been recorded that the countries in

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Fixing the System

In this VICE special we see then President of the United States, Barack Obama, make history as he becomes the first President to ever visit a federal prison. The visit itself occurred back in July 2015, and alongside Obama we see award-winning journalist and founder of VICE Shane Smith, as they both set out to investigate America's broken criminal justice system. America is notoriously known fo

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The Truth About Alcohol

Last January the British government released its new guidelines for alcohol consumption and for the UK's 40 million drinkers it was all pretty sobering. For men the recommended weekly limit was slashed by a third which equates to roughly 7 pints of beer, bringing it in line with the amount recommended for women. In this film we see A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim embark on mission to discover

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Hepatitis Country

Hepatitis Country

Hepatitis C is a liver disease which tends to be very contagious, being spread primarily through contact with the blood of someone who is infected. It's severity can range from a mild illness lasting only a couple of weeks to becoming a serious, lifelong illness which attacks the liver. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC have come out and estimated that around 3.5 mi

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Oxyana

Oxyana

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the town known as Oceana, located in West Virginia is perfect. It is one of the oldest town's in Wyoming County and is surrounded by pure beauty, mountains filled with colour, calm rivers flowing on the outskirts of town with its inhabitance moving at a leisurely pace. All of the above is true but in recent years a more sinister side has evol

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Dopesick: Fentanyl’s Deadly Grip

Fentanyl is an extremely strong, synthetic opioid which has been estimated to have 50 times the potency as pure, pharmacy-grade heroin and about 100 times the potency of morphine. Once prescription opioids such as OxyContin started becoming too difficult or too expensive to find on the streets, people who were addicted to these types of drug started turning to the likes of heroin and Fentanyl in o

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