5 Documentaries on Drugs You’ll Want to See If You Love Documentaries on Drugs

    July 8, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I don’t know about you, but there’s something about documentaries on drug addiction that I just can’t get enough of. It’s rubbernecking, it’s relating, it’s trying to figure it all out. Here are five documentaries on drugs you have probably already seen if you love documentaries on drugs. And by ‘drugs’ I mean ‘people high on drugs.’ Just to clarify; there are a lot of subcategories out there.

    Small Town Ecstasy

    This is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Small Town Ecstasy follows a family of five as Scott, the father and 43-year-old-divorcee, delves into rave and drug culture and drags his four children with them. The kids are 13, 15, 18, and 20, and there are definitely some things (including graphic drug use involving children) that will make you pretty uneasy in here. Unless you’re a candy-chugging, trashcan-pant wearing midlife crisis guy like Scott.

    Last Days Here

    Without giving the entire thing away, I’ll just say that this documentary will make you the least depressed out of the five in this list. It’s about the singer of Pentagram, a depressed old heroin addict who has virtually ruined his musical career with his addiction. He lives with his parents, is a total mess, has a great wardrobe and is on a mission to become famous and play a few more shows with the help of the cameraman, a superfan obsessed with the band and Bobby Liebling, the star of the show.

    The Oxycontin Express

    This documentary is fascinating mostly because of the juxtaposition between the so-called “War on Drugs” in America and the sheer fucking easiness that addicts obtain Oxycontin in Florida. Equatable to heroin, seriously addictive and supposedly reserved for those in extreme pain, Oxycontin is handed out like candy in Florida. Billboards lining the highways, encouraging anyone “feeling pain” to stroll into a walk-in clinic and pick up some drugs. Watch a guy on his daily quest to legally scoring.


    Totally sensationalistic, Intervention is a fun (???) show to watch if you’re just there for the entertainment of seeing other people get extremely fucked up and do really dumb shit. Admittedly usually very depressing, Intervention has some pretty amusing moments if you’re into laughing at the misery of others.

    Dope Sick Love

    An oldie but a goodie, Dope Sick Love is a surreal journey into the lives of two heroin addicts living in NYC. A couple, the pair goes through multiple erratic ups and downs when it comes to scoring, fighting, and staying out of jail. There’s no happy ending here, so don’t pull this up waiting for some uplifting outcome to pop out at the end.

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