Drugs Maps Of Britain
A landmark series exploring the drugs of choice in different parts of the UK. From Mamba in Wolverhampton to Heroin in Manchester, this series lifts the lid on the narcotic landscape of Britain today.
Part 1: Wolverhampton Getting Off Mamba
In the first of our landmark new series looking at drug use across Britain, we explore a legal high ‘epidemic’ in Wolverhampton. Following 27 year old Liam over three months in his battle to quit the synthetic cannabinoid “Black Mamba”. Legal Highs are set to be outlawed by the British government this year. The ban comes as a response to the increasing use of synthetic drugs across the streets of Britain.
Part 2: Manchester Heroin Haters
In the second episode of Drugs Map of Britain, we meet a group of men who use violence to deal with, what they say, is the growing heroin problem in their area. Every week, they collect discarded needles and believe those responsible must be punished. But how do they justify their actions and why do heroin addicts, in particular, face so much prejudice and stigma?
Part 3: Scotland Valium Crisis
In the third episode of Drugs Map of Britain, we investigate Valium addiction in Scotland, where three quarters of drug related deaths involve this type of drug. Millions of the pills- both real and counterfeit- are available to buy on the streets for as little as 20p each. We meet those buying them and witness the devastating effects of addiction for someone like Levi, who’s been taking Valium since he was 13. Has the widely prescribed ‘mother’s little helper’ become Scotland’s silent killer?
Part 4: Dying for Weed
In the fourth episode of Drugs Map of Britain, we go on a road trip around the country to meet seriously ill people who believe cannabis is curing them.
The UK Government says the drug has “no therapeutic value”, but in half of the USA’s 50 states it has been legalised for medicinal use. Andy, Phil and others all believe that cannabis can – if not cure their condition – give them much needed pain relief. And we meet Jeff, cannabis campaigner distributing cannabis oil to the sick, for free. But by resorting to this illegal and unregulated drug, what risks are they all taking?