The videos in this section are provided to generate discussion and for information purposes only. Please be aware that some of these videos depict or include real incidents of drug use. Provision of these videos does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Lloyd Belcher of any of the opinions expressed.

The following organisations provide video resources that focus on issues related to substance misuse:

Film Exchange on Alcohol & Drugs [FEAD] Video discussions based on current drug and alcohol issues in the UK.

Exchange Supplies Producers of innovative harm reduction videos.


Training/Educational Videos

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An innovative video produced by Exchange Supplies that shows how to put someone who is unconscious and breathing in the recovery position. This video aims to make a difference by improving the response to overdose by drug users, their relatives and treatment services.



‘Going Over’

A short film/music video produced by Exchange Supplies that depicts true stories of drug overdoses. ‘Going Over‘ was first produced for an overdose campaign in 2002 and has been re-released with ‘Recovery‘.



‘Hepatitis Awareness’ in Mandarin Chinese

Hepatitis awareness video in Mandarin [produced by the World Health Organisation]





This video was produced by Kanoti in conjunction with local social care charities in Brighton [UK] to communicate a harm reduction approach to use of ‘legal highs’.


‘Hepatitis C: Jazzy’s Story’

Teenager Jazzy was born with hepatitis C. This is her video diary about living with the condition. Produced and directed by Jazzy De Lisser.


Hepatitis C Made Simple

An animated video by the John Hopkins University that contains facts about Hepatitis C with a particular focus on the USA.



What Not to Share’

A Hepatitis C awareness video with Pete Doherty higlighting the importance of ‘what not to share’


‘How Does Cocaine Affect The Brain?’

This CGI animated sequence demonstrates how cocaine effects the user’s brain. [Produced by BBC3]



‘How Small is the Hepatitis C Virus?’

An animation highlighting the importance of avoiding transmission of blood-borne viruses [produced by Exchange Supplies]



‘HIV and Hepatitis C Survival in Used Syringes’

This video provides an insight into experiments that were conducted at Yale University to find out how long HIV and Hepatitis C can survive in used syringes. [Produced by Exchange Supplies]



‘Hepatitis C Treatment Developments: Direct Acting Anti-Virals [DAA]’

A report on developments in HCV treatment with progress in direct-acting antiviral [DAA] drugs that target specific HCV enzymes [Medical Edge 2011]


Media Reports of Drug Related Issues in Hong Kong

Ethnic Minority Drug Use in Hong Kong

This report looks at the drug use problem among ethnic minority communities in Hong Kong and questions why authorities have paid little if any attention to this issue [Star News Asia, 2010].



Ketamine Use Among Hong Kong Youth

A news report by CNN on Ketamine use in Hong Kong [CNN, 2009]



Media Reports of Drug Related Issues in the Asian Region

Soaring Heroin Problem in Yunnan

China’s southern province of Yunnan on the border with Myanmar [one of the world’s biggest sources of heroin] has been affected by heroin addiction. This news report looks at the communities affected and how authorities are battling to control the problem [Al Jazeera, 2011].


Birgunj: Nepal’s Drug Capital

A report about the town of Birgunj in the south of Nepal where drug use is an increasing problem and where farmers are growing opium and cannabis instead of traditional crops [Al Jazeera, 2011].



Pakistan: Impact of Drug Charity Closure on Local Drug Users

A report into the effect that the closure of a leading charity has had on drug users who no longer receive vital support [Al Jazeera 2010].



Drug Use and Harm Reduction in Afghanistan

In 2009, there were 1.5 million drug users in Afghanistan. Kabul, the capital, is home to 50 % of the country’s heroin users (around 20000 people according to UNODC in 2009).  This slideshow compiles testimonies of patients under methadone therapy [Médecins du Monde, 2010].

Rise in Drug Addiction in Afghanistan

The ongoing war and poverty in Afghanistan are making it difficult to combat the country’s drug problem. This report is from Kabul where, like elsewhere in the country, drug-taking is on the increase [Al Jazeera, 2010].


Opium Addiction Affecting Afghanistan’s Rural Communities

A National Geographic report on how opium addiction is affecting communities in rural Afghanistan [National Geographic 2010]


Drug Abuse Rising in Myanmar

Although the government keeps a tight lid on drug abuse and HIV infection statistics, Myanmar has developed a drug problem in its backyard as well. This report is a rare insight as international journalists are banned from reporting from inside Myanmar [Al Jazeera, 2011].


Thailand Losing Battle On Drugs

Drug enforcement officials in Thailand have said they are fighting a losing battle as they try to stem the flow of narcotics from neighbouring Myanmar.  This report looks at the situation and how some Thais are now calling for a return to the zero-tolerance policy of Thaksin Shinawatra [Al Jazeera, 2010].


Thailand’s War On Drugs

A look at the legacy of former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s controversial ‘War on Drugs’ [Al Jazeera, 2008].


Other Media Reports & Documentaries of Drug Related Issues

Britain’s Legacy: Opium Traders in China

A documentary that provides an overview of how China was defeated by the British in the Opium War (1839–42) when the Chinese leaders wanted to end the devastating opium trade.  The signing of the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 marked China’s defeat and ceded control of five treaty ports [including Hong Kong Island] and enabled Britain to continue selling opium in China [History Channel].

Insite Documentary: Supervised Injection Site

This documentary looks at the work of the Insite Project on the East Side of Vancouver that provides a safe environment where people inject drugs and connect to health care services.  Insite is the first of its kind in North America that provides heroin and cocaine users with sterile syringes and a private room where they can inject themselves with their own drugs [National Geographic 2009]


7 Comments on “Videos”

  1. Lisa Luger
    July 2, 2011 at 19:33 #

    good choice of videos on recovery and od and Hep C. The first video section (recovery) also contained videos on violence on women. It did not become clear what the purpose of these films was, except the one about women trafficking (Helena).

  2. Yuen
    July 2, 2011 at 22:56 #

    I suggest some videos relate to the HK situation, for example: Anti-Drugs Commerical, the TV programmes about the drugs, etc.

  3. July 3, 2011 at 23:03 #

    Thanks for the suggestion Yuen. I’ll be uploading a number of local HK video clips in the coming weeks. Cheers

  4. Tina
    October 7, 2011 at 17:16 #

    Some videos do not seem available any more.

  5. M. Lambert
    September 11, 2014 at 13:07 #

    Particularly, the vid re “mixing” was noted as no longer available.

    • Lloyd Belcher
      September 11, 2014 at 13:11 #

      Thank you. I have removed that video now.

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