One of the common definitions of the term drug is that it is a chemical substance capable of affecting a human or animal body on a biological level. The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category are exploring the wide specter of the application of drugs. Due to the unique properties that some of these drugs have they have been used for various purposes.
A number of drugs found its application in fields such as medicine, spiritual and religious purposes. Others can be used even for self-improved or recreational purposes. Some of these drugs are extremely addictive or toxic and their consumption has been banned by the law.
There is number of ways in which drugs can be administered. The most common method of consumption is the oral intake of solid or liquid drug. Certain drugs can be injected in a form of a solution, often intramuscular or intravenous. Other methods of consumption include inhalation, insufflation and topical application.
Today, new drugs are constantly being discovered in the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmacology and the possibilities in the terms of application are practically endless. The global drug market, legal or illegal, is in a constant demand for existing and new products alike. That, in turn, raises countless moral, ethical and health and legal issues revolving around the manufacturing, distribution and consumption of drugs.
Find out how some of these drug related issues are being resolved across the globe. Follow the stories of people battling with their drug addictions. Discover the incredible story of the history of tobacco and the impact it had on the British economy. Observe the present day situation in the tobacco industry. Enter the world of professional athletes and see how, unlike most of them, some reach for the artificial substances in order to develop their muscles and boost their overall body performance.
The staggering fact is that most people today, during their lifespan, consume more than 14.000 different prescription medications including anti-depressants, antibiotics and cholesterol regulation tablets, painkillers, even pills to extend youth or sexual performance enhancers. The material we provided for you in this category is utterly educational and gives you an insight of the good and the bad side of drugs.
Latest Documentaries in Drugs
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Over an average human’s lifetime they are most likely to be prescribed and take more than 14,000 pills. Anti-depressants, antibiotics, cholesterol lowering tablets, painkillers, even tablets to extend youth and improve sexual performance in bed. These drugs perform small miracles daily, but how much is really known about them? Drug discovery often owes as much to accidental discovery as to science, and that means much is learnt about how medicines work, or even what they do, as they’re taken. By investigating some of the most popular pills people pop, Horizon asks, how much can they be trusted to do what they are supposed to?
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‘Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy?’ takes a scientific look towards the current ranking system of drugs.In a surprising outcome, alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) are rated more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs). If the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B.The drug policies have remained unchanged over the last 40 years; this film highlights that it is now high time for a change in the current ABC System, which is arbitrary and unscientific in the context of the new research findings.The scientists involved, including members of the government’s top advisory committee on drug classification, have produced a thorough assessment of the social and individual harm caused by 20 of the UK’s most dangerous drugs and assert that this should form the basis of future ranking.
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Actor Brian Cox brings another short documentary on addictions, now telling the story of tobacco. Going deep into the history of how smoking and the tobacco trade helped grow the British empire, then looking at how cigarette companies are constantly pushing to make their product the most addictive, this show tells it all.
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‘Waiting to Inhale’ examines the heated debate over marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. It sheds new light on this controversy and presents shocking new evidence that marijuana could hold a big stake in the future of medicine.Legislation to protect patients who use medical marijuana has been passed by 12 states. Yet opponents claim the medical argument is just a disguise for a different agenda – to legalize marijuana for recreation and profit.This film looks into details such as the claims that are being made and their stakes. Waiting to Inhale takes viewers inside the lives of patients who have been forever changed by illness—and parents who lost their children to addiction.It even attempts to evaluate whether there is any evidence to support the claim that marijuana can alleviate some of the devastating symptoms of AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.It is striking from the social stand point that we deal with marijuana more harshly than alcohol despite the fact that alcohol causes more deaths and more injuries, making peoples’ judgment impaired more than marijuana.
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Since the 1960s' psychedelic revolution San Francisco has become an enormous drug abuse center. Homosexuals there are known as a regular meth users and since it's so addictive the community is growing larger and larger. However - once you're in it there's no way back.
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Nicotine. It is one of the most widely consumed recreational drugs. Across all cultures people love their nicotine. In this one way our race of people stand united we love smoking, chewing or snorting nicotine. We love the buzz. This documentary by BBC’s Horizon takes a look at the nicotine culture across the globe and tries to explain why this deadly drug is so popular.
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‘The Beyond Within’ shows how until recent times, a world known only to holy man, to saints, and perhaps to the insane, opened to the common man. And this had been made possible by the mystical drug, LSD.This drug challenges our very conception of reality and its’ turbulent history raises sharp questions about the dividing line between private experience and public policy.To some, it’s a doorway to a greater consciousness, while to others it is a dangerous and subversive poison.But no matter what it definitely makes a person experience one of the most momentous event of their lives.
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“Sex”, Drugs, and Democracy is Jonathan Blanks award winning, indie rage movie, which grossed over $ 1 million in its art-house running.The Dutch game plan associated with a totally free modern society consists of a legitimatized sex activity marketplace, the open sale of ganja and marijuana, absolute equality for homosexuals, dispersion of uninfected syringes and methadone hydrochloride to junkies, and governing funded abortion, mercy killing and sex teaching for schoolchildren.Has this unconventional school of thought altered Netherlands from a domain of tulips, windmills and wooden shoes into a modern age Sodom and Gomorra, patently not? In Netherlands proportions of illegal drug use, dependence and ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME transmittance are completely low, and the Dutch people have the lowest proportions of abortion, teen pregnancy and imprisonment in the world.Filmed over the course of many calendars month passed in Nederland by author film director Jonathan Blank, the provocative docudrama has telltale consultations with everyone from government officials, police officer, clergy and scientists to cabaret proprietors, drug dealers and woman of the street and outrageous shots from hashish saloons, whorehouses, nights club, prisons house and rallies. The prominent soundtrack features music from American and Dutch indie bands.
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Athletes take recourse to various drugs to increase the natural performance of their bodies. While majority of the athletes develop their muscle mass by using standard techniques like lifting weights or running. However, there exist a few athletes who take help of artificial substances. These substances promote the growth of muscles and the expression of male traits teenage boys experience at puberty.Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), commonly called steroids, are a derivate of the testosterone male hormone.Man’s body is designed in a way that it can adapt itself to the harshest of environments. This becomes possible when muscles increase their size over relatively-short periods of time. Working out depends on the same phenomenon. When we undertake an exercise small tears are created inside the muscle fibers. These tears get repaired by the immune system.When repairing takes place, our body also compensates for the damage, and adds more material to the muscles than that got ripped. If this process is undertaken repeatedly then the muscle mass visibly grows, to the point where it becomes noticeable. In case of constant recurrence exact muscular mass gets developed.Steroids promote this kind of growth but artificially. They travel via the blood stream to the cells. They hook up to small portions of the cells known as androgen receptors. From there they pick up the molecules and carry them inside muscle cells. At that point, DNA is combined and proteins of a specific kind are released. The use of steroids only leads to dire consequences.Steroids help in accelerating cell and muscle growth. Being an artificial process, the body is not always equipped to handle such massive and rapid changes. Therefore there are side effects in most cases.The film makes a point against the use of drugs to improve muscle mass. As per the claims made by the film, instead of picking up steroid spending some time in the gym each week would produce similar results.
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‘Ibogaine: Rite of Passage’ is a 50 minute documentary that shows the different aspects of this special substance, that is derived from the root of an African plant that grows in Gabon, by means of personal experiences and explanations of ex-addicts, treatment providers and experts.This film includes the story of Cy, who had been using a mixture of heroine and amphetamine for about 11 years, but more his concern for his three children and his ambitions are compelling him to give up his addiction which is taking an emotional toll on him; and Moussavou, who had suffered from an illness for more than a year and hopes that eating the holy plant will be the starting point of a new phase in her life.This plant was originally used during initiations of the Bwiti culture, but in the sixties, the anti-addictive properties of this psychoactive substance were discovered by Howard Lotsof.Despite the results that show the efficacy of Ibogaine, the pharmaceutical companies and the government show no interest and stay skeptical. The decision about the use of Ibogaine in the treatment of addiction appears to be made on political and economical, rather than a rational basis.
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73.5 % of Punjab’s young is in love with narcotics. A multi million illegal drug nexus running under the noses of the Perimeter Security Force, The Board of directors of Tax revenue Intelligence agency, The Narcotics Control condition Federal agency and the Intelligence agency Office, leaving alone them as simple bystanders to Punjab’s wearing. The annual usage of intoxicant in Punjab is extending to 29 Corer bottlefuls making it one of the highest per capita consumers of alcoholic drink from world!The scenario in Punjab is getting worse by the day, which specialists have already begun to position an expiration particular date about the province.This docudrama takes an emphasis on the upcoming menace of narcotic mania in Punjab. It researches in detail how the pill is trafficked in Punjab from Republic of India West Pakistan delimitation and this network scatters through the state.Recounted by Rahul Bose and referred by many as significant names. However now and then it does seek to progress pathos to get the fellows feeling of the spectator, but mostly it rests rather bluff. It’s really an eye opener.
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This documentary covers the acid house, rave and club culture revolution in the UK and of course the chemical Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or ecstasy. This era inspired the film 24 Hour Party people and sheds light on the forgotten counter culture movement.
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New Video: http://youtu.be/2GhX3ns8uBc Violence is running out of control in Mexico as rival drug cartels battle over the smuggling routes to America. Mexico's president has declared war on the gangsters but the only result appears to be an escalataKatya Adler in his film talks about a shocking conflict. He exposes and uncovers the truth behind the seemingly random and disturbing violence.The film shows how violence runs wild in Mexico as rival drug cartels battle over the smuggling routes to America.Though Mexico’s president has declared war on the gangsters, the only result appears to be an escalation of the killings.Chapo Guzman, the man behind Mexico’s most powerful drugs cartel, continues to elude capture. He is the world’s richest and most powerful men, and his exploits are glorified in folk songs. In his recent wedding is claimed many senior Mexican officials marked their attendance.The film raises the question whether the continuing freedom of the world’s most powerful drug runner, Joaquin Chapo Guzman, suggest that the Government’s war is toothless.on of the killings.Katya Adler journeys deep into the heart of a shocking conflict, uncovering the human stories behind the seemingly random and disturbing violence. She asks whether the continuing freedom of the world's most powerful drug runner, Joaquin 'Chapo' Guzman, is evidence that the Government's war is toothless.
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‘Making A Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging’ is the story of big money-drugs that fuel a $330 billion psychiatric industry, without a single cure. This documentary film contains more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of victims and the survivors themselves, exposing the way in which the disease as well as the drug for the disease is branded by the industry for the treatment of a disease that did not exist before the industry made the disease.These drugs kill around 42,000 people every year and the death count keeps increasing; but still this brutal industry is thriving in the lack of a concerted action against it.
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This film on cannabis made by two young filmmakers on a very small budget discusses and explores the prohibition of cannabis, who it affects, who profits from it and the reason for its prohibition.The film includes interviews with a cannabis activist, a hydroponic grow shop owner, a cannabis dealer, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology, who just so happens to be a former government drugs policy advisor and a medical marijuana user. This professor would rather die than live without it.