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Program on Illegal Drugs from The History Channel. Volume I: Marijuana/Opium, Morphine and Heroin. Volume II; Cocaine/LSD, Ecstacy and the Raves. 2 DVD's.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: n/a
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WDQ1NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reader on April 20, 2008
This History Channel program is quite an eye opener that may change one's perceptions about "good" and "bad" (or legal/illegal). We all share social beliefs based on the laws and legacy of our country. Yet, how were such beliefs formed to become a part of who we are today? Since the mid-19th Century, America has waged a "war on drugs." These 2-DVDs examine the history, effect and status of specific illegal drugs. Disc One examines Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Opium, Morphine and Heroin, and Disc Two examines Cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, and Raves. This program guides us through the uncertain landscapes, explaining the chemistry of certain drugs, their effects on our body/mind/emotions, their history of use and illegality, and their current status. I found it especially interesting to hear experts on both sides of the "war on drugs" exploring the social and legislative changes that have created our drug culture. This is a very informative well shaped program, anyone should see it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott Yates on July 21, 2009
Have to agree with the posters here, this is a great series that uncovers the truth about the history of drugs.. I've seen the entire series several times, and believe it should be mandatory viewing by everyone...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stu Olson on July 30, 2013
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This story should be taught in every History class in all schools around the world as well in the U.S. It depicts the history of the U.S. and the reality of where we all came from, ie. our ancestors back round and how they came to be. Starting in 1853 the Chinese came here to work on the San Francisco railway bringing opium and the dens. From then on drugs like laudanum, dilaudid, cocaine and heroin (Bayer Aspirin Co.) became cure alls for even infants and toddlers. The nation became hooked very early on and the laws out lawing them became a calamity of events. Don't forget that cocaine was in Coca-Cola till 1893 and casually used by anyone that spared a nickel for it. Sigmund Freud used it and prescribed it to patients claiming it was the new cure all medicine. By 1911 there were thousands of doctors here in the U.S. for prescribing the now illegal drugs. Can you imagine our great ancestors that were addicts and the raising of there children fron the casual and legal abuse back then? Speaks volumes why so many of us decades later are so screwed up. A must see for all to get the real picture of our history and where we all came from, drug abuse and no morals. Why isn't this in our History classes today? Perhaps ego, shame and denial of this wonderful country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 29, 2008
As an 80's generation person I was reared on the "just say no"/D.A.R.E era of drug education.Yes what always made me curious was the who,where and why of why America in particular was so resistant towards the drugs I was learning about.As a person who'd rather learn about something then risk breaking the law (or harming myself) trying it I was drawn to this History Channel presentation that would answer all my questions. This documentary gathers together experts from every group,both pro and anti from historians,drug enforcement officials and even former addicts. And what I learned from it was better and more informative then what I learned in classes or even from my parents. The history of these drugs and their "tolerance period" (which I never knew even EXISTED) was the most interesting. First and foremost that all the drugs I heard of (even heroin) were once perfectly legal and even thought of as a blessing. Another thing I learned was that it was often politcal manuvering that led to drugs becoming illegal.Sadly blatant racism factored in as well-in short each drug was outlawed on the basis of a prejiduce;the Chinese (Opium),African Americans (Cocaine) and Mexicans (Marjuana). Also as our society grew so did our knowledge of these drugs;cocaine and opiates in particular commonly used in medicines,both legid and otherwise for whole families,even babies.This also illustrates exactly what these drugs do to ones mind and body,without the picturesque or frightening gimmickry often spouted by users and law enforcement,which was something I asked many times in D.A.R.E and never got the answer to. As chilling as it might seem to an outsider like me this presentation is a lot more informative then I'd ever imagine.Read more ›
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