Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Focusing on the industry's marketing practices, media scholars and health professionals help viewers understand the ways in which Direct-To-Consumer pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with promotion to doctors. Combined, these industry practices shape how both patients and doctors understand and relate to disease and treatment. Ultimately, Big Bucks, Big Pharma challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being. Featuring interviews with Dr. Marcia Angell (Dept. of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Former Editor New England Journal of Medicine), Dr. Bob Goodman (Columbia University Medical Center; Founder, No Free Lunch), Gene Carbona (Former Pharmaceutical Industry Insider and Current Executive Director of Sales, The Medical Letter), Katharine Greider (Journalist; Author, The Big Fix: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Rips Off American Consumers,), Dr. Elizabeth Preston (Dept. of Communication, Westfield State College), and Dr. Larry Sasich (Public Citizen Health Research Group)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CGlD50mdbs
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWBFllF6ds
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdePbIuoHKc
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_3jMbaWjIM
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehGSfak13E4
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzHC3kyJ8-4
The War on Drugs, A War on Ourselves? a 2002 ABC 20/20 special with John Stossel examines the effect of the War on Drugs on American society.
Stossel interviews Detroit's police chief Jerry Oliver who points out that since the dealing of drugs is between willing buyers and sellers, the War on Drugs forces cops to use deceit to catch those dealing drugs. Despite all the law enforcement resources put into fighting the drug war, availably of drugs is just as high as before the drug war began.
Three unintended consequences of the war on drugs are explored including that it sucks children into the underworld, corrupts cops, and creates crime.
Stossel travels to Colombia and examines the effect of the War on Drugs on Colombians.
The futile effect of incarcerating of drug dealers to stop the flow of drugs is noted and many people who choose to use drugs ask why they shouldn't have the freedom to choose what substances to put in their bodies.
Finally Stossel travels to Europe to see how drug legalization has affected European society.
If you think this video is advocating the use of hard drugs, then you are misinterpreting the message. I am not encouraging the use of drugs, especially drugs of addictive nature. It is a matter of choice.
From podcast #142 of the Joe Rogan Experience with Duncan Trussell, Joe Rogan, and Graham Hancock.
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June 17, 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of Nixon's War on Drugs. Ever wonder what it costs and if it's worth it?
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Directed by Brian Aitken (http://www.briandaitken.com) & Produced by Brian Wallace in association with NowSourcing with special thanks to Sheldon Richman (Editor of the Freeman Magazine) and Jeffrey Miron (Harvard Economist and Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute) for their work researching and analyzing drug war expenditures.
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The Global Commission on Drug Policy issued a report encouraging world leaders to decriminalize drugs due to numerous problems caused by an ineffective war on drugs. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss.
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