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Hooked: Illegal Drugs And How They Got That Way

Season 1

LSD and Ecstasy, like all drugs, were legal decades before they were outlawed. Yet these drugs are significantly different from the others this series has explored. LSD and Ecstasy are psychedelics; they distort the brain's function and possess no medicinal value. So how did LSD and Ecstasy journey from a scientific discovery to a popular recreation to banned drugs? [investigation]

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1. Opium, Morphine, And Heroin

An examination of the history of the poppy plant and three of its deadliest derivatives. In ancient times, the poppy was considered divine, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, its addicting and lethal qualities caused unprecedented national outrage, social upheaval, and even sparked two wars.

Suitable with Parental GuidanceSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 10 October 2000

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2. Marijuana

In a series tracing the history of drug use, we begin our trip tracing the rise of marijuana and synthetic amphetamines. Marijuana, from the Indians hemp plant, has been used worldwide as a source of rope, cloth, and paper; its medicinal qualities were first documented 4,000 years ago in China. But it's best known as the drug of choice of the 1960s.

Suitable with Parental GuidanceSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 9 October 2000

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3. Cocaine

Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was touted as a cure-all in the late 19th-century and was the secret ingredient in many medicines and elixirs such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure quickly diminished as racism entered the picture - the concept of the cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to strengthen the caliber of their guns from .32 to .38.

Suitable with Parental GuidanceSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: 11 October 2000

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4. LSD, Ecstasy and Raves

How did the psychedelic drugs LSD and Ecstasy journey from a scientific discovery to a popular recreation to banned drugs? Mental health professionals once believed that LSD could treat schizophrenia or alcoholism. Meanwhile, Ecstasy, the "penicillin for the soul", was used in marriage counseling.

Suitable with Parental GuidanceSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: 12 October 2000

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Season year 2000
Network A+E Networks
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