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Coca Mama: The War on Drugs

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Shows the disastrous effects of U.S. drug policy on the coca farmers in Bolivia and Colombia, who are paid by the drug cartels to grow the coca and then attacked by drug patrols using fumigation planes. In America, there is no evidence that the "war on drugs" has diminished the supply of drugs, and prisons are filled with young dealers and addicts.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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Societies Under the Influence

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Sheds light on several unusual people who are fighting to expose the epidemic repression surrounding drugs and the drug trade.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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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.
Online
2010
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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.
Online
2010
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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.
Online
2010
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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?
Online
2011
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The Global Addiction [electronic resource]: Dispatches From the War on Drugs

Can the exploding drug trade be stemmed in the face of a rising demand in the U.S. and Europe and political accommodations and economic realities in producer countries? This program studies the drug industry in Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Burma, where UN crop substitution programs are thwarted by governments unwilling or unable to crack down on drug production and by drug lords who use incentives and coercion to increase drug crop yields. The issue is made more complex by fundamentalist Islamic nations that have reconciled their strict religious beliefs with economic necessity and by the harsh programs China and Japan are using to rehabilitate the growing number of addicts.
Online
2006; 1999
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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.
Online
2006; 1999
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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.
Online
2008; 2001
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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 [...]
Online
2006; 2002
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Coca [electronic resource]: New Leaf of Life

A seldom-discussed dimension of the war on drugs is the plight of impoverished farmers in the developing world. This program tells the story of Peru's struggling cocaleros, whose livelihoods and ancient agricultural traditions have become a casualty of antidrug policies. Shot on the steep hillsides where Peruvian growers have produced the crop since pre-Columbian times, as well as in villages and town halls where a movement to protect their way of life is gathering momentum, the film interviews several self-described peasants who predict a dark future for their fragile economy. Global drug policy scholar Ricardo Soberon and legal coca grower Genaro Cahuana offer expert commentary.
Online
2008; 2007
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Deadly Trade [electronic resource]: Global Traffic in Counterfeit Drugs

Although the counterfeit drug trade impacts the global community, it remains cloaked in secrecy. This program documents every stage of international counterfeit drug traffic, from production to end-user purchase. Michel Koutouzis, a United Nations expert on the subject, begins his investigation in Mumbai, where factories and wholesalers produce fake pharmaceuticals. Koutouzis then follows the sea routes taken by the counterfeiters across the Indian Ocean. On the island nation of Mauritius he studies transactions between traders. In Zanzibar, he observes the drugs being put aboard Arab dhows and then disseminated along the Tanzanian and Kenyan coasts. The final stop? Cities and villages full of vulnerable African patients.
Online
2008; 2007
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Breaking the Taboo [electronic resource]: Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

The war on drugs has been raging for more than 40 years. Over a trillion dollars has been spent, millions of people imprisoned, and countless thousands killed. And the result? Drugs are cheaper and more prevalent than ever before, and in a growing number of countries drug cartels are a major threat to national security. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary examines the UN-sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries such as the U.S., Colombia, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil. The film features prominent statesmen including former presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and César Gaviria of Colombia, who press for the urgent need to break the political taboo and support drug liberalization, per the conclusions of the 2011 Global Commission on [...]
Online
2012
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Coca Mama [electronic resource]: The War on Drugs

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"Filmed over a year in four countries, this documentary shows us coca-growing peasants, anti-narcotic patrols, U.S. law-makers, and the Colombian rebels who stand accused of protecting the drug trade"--Original container.
Online
2001
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Ying Xiong Wu Lei: Heroes Shed No Tears

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"The people of Northern Thailand are caught between Vietnamese forces across the Cambodian border and the drug barons. The Drug Enforcement Agency approaches a retired soldier and asks him for help in capturing the chief of the drug lords in the region. His hazardous mission is threatened by both sides as the action builds to a spectacular climax"--Container case.
DVD
1993; 1984
Clemons (Stacks)
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French Connection II

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Gene Hackman returns in the role of hard-hitting detective Popoeye Doyle who travels to Marseilles in prusuit of the heroin dealers who he hit, but failed to kill in New York.
DVD
2001; 1975
Clemons (Stacks)
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Cocaine Unwrapped

This blockbuster of a doc gets inside the drug world with unprecedented access. Travelling from the growers to the drug mules, poverty to prison, cocaine factories in the Colombian jungle, and dealers on the streets of Mexico and Baltimore. It is a fascinating and unusual insight into how the drug world functions. Features exclusive interviews with the political leaders of Latin America and drugs czars on both sides of the Atlantic.
Online
2016; 2012