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Drugs, Inc

"Drugs: a multibillion-dollar industry that fuels crime and violence like no other substance on the planet. Turning cartel leaders into billionaires, the illegal drug industry also provides vital income to hundreds of thousands of poor workers across the globe. While some users sacrifice their lives to an addiction they can't escape, others find drugs to be their only saving grace from physical or emotional pain almost impossible to overcome. Where should the lines be drawn in this lucrative industry?"--Container
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Societies Under the Influence

Sheds light on several unusual people who are fighting to expose the epidemic repression surrounding drugs and the drug trade.
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Opium Part 3. The War on Drugs [electronic resource]: A Blessing and Curse

Decades after Richard Nixon launched his anti-drug campaign, illicit opiates are cheaper, more potent, and easier to obtain than ever. Is it possible to wipe out addiction by keeping narcotics illegal, or has their ban caused more problems than it's solved? This program reveals how the war on drugs started and who its real targets were, examining its consequences and unintended victims. Afghan farmers who relied on poppy cultivation to survive now lash out against NATO forces in frustration; in the U.S., communities suffer when parents are jailed for relatively minor infractions; and patients in the developing world are denied access to painkillers because strict regulations make doctors too nervous to prescribe.

Opium Part 1. For Pleasure and for Pain [electronic resource]: A Blessing and Curse

Both the painkilling and pleasurable effects of opium have been known in ancient cultures around the world for millennia. The narcotic arrived in the U.S. with the first Chinese immigrants, but it wasn't until the invention of the hypodermic syringe during the Civil War that opiates infiltrated American society in the same dual role. This program looks at the history of opium's use and misuse, from cure-all and "child-quieter" to the racist attitude that led to its ban, to the pharmaceutical industry's liability in creating a whole new breed of addict.

Opium Part 2. Traders and Traffickers [electronic resource]: A Blessing and Curse

The drug lords of Afghanistan sell their goods packaged, branded, and labeled with guarantees, mimicking the marketing of legal forms of opiates. Yet legitimate drug companies themselves face censure for aggressively promoting addictive opiate-based medicine. This program exposes the business of opium, whether distributed legally or smuggled from Afghanistan, examining its economic importance, its devastating impact in the form of dependence and disease, and the high-level corruption that keeps trade routes open while global addiction continues to grow.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Sunitha Krishnan - Fighting Sex Slavery

Human rights activist Sunitha Krishnan is galvanizing India's battle against sexual slavery by uniting governments, corporations, and NGOs to end human trafficking. She has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from the trade - which is a multimillion-dollar global market. In this courageous TEDTtalk, Krishnan tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these survivors rebuild their lives.

Inside the Child Sex Trade [electronic resource]

The plight of child sex slaves has been well publicized, but seldom do outsiders have the opportunity to see inside their miserable world. Recently, however, an undercover film crew did get inside. The crew gained rare access to Diana and Lina, two teenage prostitutes at a brothel in the island city of Batam in Indonesia. Focusing on the girls' plight and the mission to save them, they filmed every event leading to the girls' rescue. It's a confronting and harrowing exposé of young children lured into a life of prostitution. After being examined at the hospital, the girls are returned to their village. There is concern about their future, however. As Lina points out, "We're damaged goods now.

Anyone for Coffee and Heroin? [electronic resource]: Inside a Danish Narcotics Dispensary

It's early in the morning, but already several patients have gathered outside a small Copenhagen clinic. They're waiting anxiously for the doors to open so a nurse can dispense their heroin. Yes, they're addicts, many of them scarred and embittered by life on the street-but they now have a legal alternative to buying drugs from criminals. This film looks at life inside the Poppy, as the clinic is known. It illustrates both the impact of Denmark's recently crafted policy aimed at reducing drug crime and prostitution, as well as what it means in human terms to confront addiction free from physical danger, moral judgment, and legal consequences. According to the Poppy's staff and patients, the new policy is working. But will long-term results vindicate the theories behind the laws?

Drug and Terror-Related Traffic Stops [electronic resource]

Mike Lewis, retired Maryland state trooper who then became sheriff of Wicomico County, takes us step by step through effective interdiction stops, legal and officer safety considerations, and effective case documentation and presentation.

Drug Concealment Spots [electronic resource]

Hidden compartments, known as traps, and their contents are limited only by the imaginations of those who transport contraband. In this program, retired Maryland trooper Mike Lewis; Fairview Heights, Illinois, police chief Ed Delmore; and agent Chris Utley from the 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force, Tennessee, demonstrate these hiding places and their contents, discovered in traffic stops on U.S. interstate highways.

Drug Recognition Experts [electronic resource]

Begun by the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1970s, the drug recognition expert, or DRE, program takes the laboratory to the streets. Such specially trained DRE law enforcement professionals can identify chemical and medical causes for impaired driving, and they are improving their departments' legal cases in the process.

The Politics of Addiction [electronic resource]

The story of how our society meets the challenge of translating what scientists, doctors, counselors, and recovering addicts have learned into rational public policy is complex and sometimes contradictory. This program looks at Arizona's struggle to find an alternative to established drug-related policies. Proposition 200 proposed a reassessment of the status of nonviolent drug addicts now serving time, and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The movement was supported by an alliance from across the political spectrum. On the Washington scene, members of Congress, doctors, and policy activists joined in a movement with recovering people to push for a change in public policy.
2005; 1998

The War on Drugs [electronic resource]: Winners and Losers

Is the war on drugs in the U.S. causing greater societal harm than the problem of drug abuse itself? This provocative program features interviews with Bruce Benson and David Rasmussen, co-authors of Illicit Drugs and Crime; Eric Sterling, former Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee; Joanne Page, director of the Fortune Society; and others. Together they indict flawed initiatives that have made criminal forfeitures into a cash cow, private corrections into a highly profitable industry, social workers and doctors into informants, and children of convicted mothers into wards of the state. Powerful statistics and case studies support their claims.
2006; 1999

Border War [electronic resource]: Mexico/U.S. Drug Connection

At San Ysidro, 45,000 vehicles per day enter the U.S. from Mexico. This ABC News program focuses on the high-stakes struggle between smugglers and customs officials as each group tries to outwit the other. Rudy Camacho, southwest border coordinator for the U.S. Customs Service and actor in the movie Traffic, spells out the details of interdicting the drug flow while a former drug trafficker explains how to evade detection by drug-sniffing dogs, deceive state-of-the-art X-ray machines, and even bribe customs officials. Then, 2,000 miles away, three teens in one of the wealthiest, most privileged counties in America talk about how easy it can be to buy drugs.
2008; 2001

Looking for a Fix [electronic resource]: Teens on Teen Drug Abuse

With no lack of people willing to cash in on smuggling drugs into the U.S., reducing user demand is the key to unraveling America's drug problem. In this ABC News program, three recovering teenage substance abusers candidly reflect on their experiences with drugs. Topics include how they deceived their parents for years at a time, stole money from family and friends to pay for their habits, "graduated" from marijuana to harder drugs, and saw friends get killed in drug-related violence. They identify an attitude of parental denial as a contributing factor to their delinquency, but also admit that ultimately the choices they made were their own.
2008; 2001

Pain Management [electronic resource]: Doctors, Patients, and the DEA

High-dose pain management therapy involving narcotics has placed doctors and patients under scrutiny by federal regulators. Is the Drug Enforcement Administration simply cracking down on criminal overprescription and prescription forgery, or is it unfairly targeting doctors for merely doing their jobs, and punishing people with chronic pain? This ABC News program weighs in on the question through interviews with DEA Administrator Karen Tandy, a doctor convicted of overprescribing, and a patient serving a 25-year prison sentence for possessing too much pain medication.
2006; 2005

Peter Jennings Reporting [electronic resource]: Ecstasy Rising

How did an obscure chemical compound become an entire generation's drug of choice? Why has law enforcement gone into overdrive to fight it? In Ecstasy Rising, Peter Jennings leads a groundbreaking investigation into the faulty science behind the anti-Ecstasy campaign, highlighting the futility of government scare tactics and how they have damaged the overall credibility of anti-drug efforts. The program accurately assesses Ecstasy's risks, and incorporates interviews with major players in the Ecstasy saga-including the chemist who first experimented with it, the Dallas businessman who named it and made millions selling it, and the DEA officer who led the fight to criminalize it.
2005; 2004

Crackhead University [electronic resource]

The experts in this eye-opening program don't have PhDs or high-paid teaching positions, but they know firsthand-and express in vivid language-the overpowering highs and punishing lows of crack cocaine addiction. Exploring the crumbling streets of inner-city Newburgh, NY, the program lets streetwise experience speak for itself, compiling a collection of tragic yet faintly hopeful personal stories, and describing in detail what happened to this once-prosperous community when crack appeared on the scene. The result is a visual textbook, brimming with the cold, hard facts of addiction, that viewers will find hard to forget.
2006; 1999

Bitter Harvest [electronic resource]: War on Drugs Meets War on Terror

For many governments in the new political landscape of Central Asia, supporting America's war on terror translates into a dangerous internal juggling act. This Wide Angle documentary examines the uneasy relationship between forces aligned against the Taliban and the drug lords who control the cultivation of much of the world's heroin. With militias and tribal factions diluting centralized power, the current opium crop in Afghanistan is among the largest ever. How will the international community deal with this fact of central Asian life? Can agricultural reforms be implemented that will equal the profitability of the opium trade? And how will the United States resolve a dilemma that pits the war on terror against the war on drugs? In addition, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown ta [...]
2006; 2002

Hooked [electronic resource]: America on Meth

A rising number of American children under the age of 18 are experimenting with methamphetamines. In Montana, meth addiction has become the No. 1 drug problem. This ABC News program reports on the Montana Meth Project, an organization undertaking an aggressive plan to "unsell" meth-with an ad campaign designed to frighten Montana's youth into avoiding the drug. Highlighting the campaign's gritty imagery and language involving prison, rape, and prostitution, the report includes information on the project's financing, how the ads play out in Montana's teen demographic, and the need for long-term antidrug programs.