Segments in this Video

Legal Drugs, Illegal Parties (03:55)


One in three British people have taken recreational drugs. Deejay B. Traits is researching drugs, drug-doers, and drug-related deaths. Young people in Britain go "free partying," or attending illegal raves.

Ingesting Unknown Drugs (02:16)

Party goers arrive at a farm in Lincolnshire while B. Traits sets up to DJ in Manchester. She does not partake in drugs anymore, but had an ex-boyfriend who got sick and never fully recovered after doing cocaine that was cut with cattle de-worming drugs in Ibiza.

Legal Highs (03:50)

Sixteen year old Sal at the free party in Lincolnshire is on a cocktail of substances, and some legal, some illegal. He particularly likes AMT, a research chemical that creates powerful hallucinogenic effects and is expected to be banned. A girl is hospitalized after drinking and doing MDMA, a common occurrence.

Overdose and Sedation (02:48)

It is 4:30 am at the free party in Lincolnshire where there has been a drug overdose. The police and ambulance have been called. Britney took at least a gram of drugs and had an adverse recreation. Later, she tells B. Traits that she took AMT and started hyperventilating and "freaking out."

Sal's Regrets (03:23)

Britney's friend Sal, the supplier of the drug that she overdosed on, feels partially responsible for what happened. Sal's father tells B. Traits how upsetting it is for him to know that his son takes drugs and how much pain and suffering it has caused him.

Recreational Drug Shops (02:22)

Britain has the highest percentage of people buying substances online and shops sell legal highs that they call "experimental research chemicals." The chemical compounds are legally obtainable.

Drug Effects (02:47)

B. Traits goes to see the kids she met outside the recreational drug shop to see how they react to the drugs they have bought. One of the kids defends her drug use by saying that she does her research.

Strong, Unpredictable Drugs (03:20)

Doctor John Ramsey, drug specialist, meets with B. Traits and displays his collection of 31,000 drugs. He has samples of illegal drugs like cocaine as well as of the new, legal highs, and explains the risks of using drugs that are not tested for safety.

Not a Chemist (03:07)

Law enforcement are going after the retailers that sell chemical compounds and closing down shops as a means of prevention. Sal is slowing use for health reasons and to make his father happier. B. Traits goes to visit a man who has been making and selling research chemicals and making a large profit through the sales.

Not for Human Consumption (02:03)

One of the drug manufacturer's customers comes by and tells B. Traits that he think it is best not read the packet, which says "not for human consumption." He snorts the drug off of a plate and describes it as candy.

Drug Design (03:30)

B. Traits is going to meet Dr. Z, who is creating a drug that he claims is safe to fill the recreational drug hole in the market. He has a background in chemistry and math and designed the infamous mephedrone.

Drug Testing (03:13)

Dr. Z invented a drug called mephedrone that is reportedly responsible for deaths reported in news, but he thinks the deaths were caused when it was misused or mixed with other substances. His newest creation, he says, is safe and will not make users want to take anymore. B. Traits samples the drug with Dr. Z and finds herself feeling the effects.

Mother of Deceased (03:36)

B. Traits has an intense experience on the drugs Dr. Z created. B. Traits meets with the mother of a girl who died at age 15 after taking MDMA.

Drug Abuse (03:49)

B. Traits has been invited to DJ biweekly at Amnesia in Ibiza for the summer. The clubs see pills with over 200 milligrams of MDMA that can raise the heart and body temperature to lethally high levels. The emergency staff at the clubs aims to deal with issues immediately and save people from deadly results.

Research Chemicals and MDMA (02:54)

Because the pills consumed in Ibiza are bought and sold on the streets, dealers can take advantage of tourists. A dealer shows B. Traits what he is selling.

Warehouse Project (04:35)

Drugs that are found at the Warehouse Project, a large party in Britain, are tested at the event backstage by Professor of Criminology Fiona Measham, so that drugs most likely to cause overdoses can be identified as soon as possible. Harm reduction advice is given by authorities and on social media when pills are identified as particularly strong to assist people in making safe choices.

Credits: How Safe Are My Drugs? (00:43)

Credits: How Safe Are My Drugs?

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More and more of us are taking illicit drugs each month; we’ve never had more choice when it comes to drugs, or had easier access to them. But how many people have any idea what they’re taking? And is the gamble worth it? The emergence of new drugs and untested legal highs has resulted in a rising death toll, raising questions about current legislation. Using the UK as a case study, DJ B. Traits investigates drug culture, and asks whether it’s time for a rethink on this complex issue. Talking to paramedics, police, drug users, and the experts exploring new approaches to testing, she asks whether the law and education are doing enough to protect young people. Hard-hitting and balanced, this film offers a fresh perspective on a problematic, emotive subject. A BBC Production.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL115653

ISBN: 978-1-68272-981-6

Copyright date: ©2014

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