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Ross Kemp Living With

  • 2020
  • Season 2
  • 4 episodes
  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual
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Episode 3: Ross Kemp: Living with Painkiller Addiction

Summary

An investigation into the problem of addiction to opioids - opium-derived drugs - which are used in powerful prescription painkillers. Ross meets a woman who ended up with a serious addiction after being prescribed drugs for her bad back. He also learns about fentanyl, a painkiller used in cancer treatment, which can be much stronger than heroin and is being advertised for sale illegally in the UK. Ross comes face to face with a drug dealer who has started cutting fentanyl into his product and meets a former chemist whose daughter died from an overdose after taking heroin laced with the drug.

Review

Kemp investigates the use of opium-derived drugs in powerful painkillers prescribed by GPs. Misuse of the drugs is widespread but largely hidden from view: experts estimate there may be half a million people across the UK addicted to opioids, which are only intended to treat acute, short-term pain. Ross meets a woman who has been taking them for 20 years and tells him bluntly, ‘It has poisoned me.’

But street drugs are also part of the story: Kemp learns that criminal drug dealers have started using fentanyl powder to dilute batches of heroin – because it’s cheaper, stronger and more addictive that way. And he hears from a father whose daughter died after taking the lethal cocktail.

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

rolename
PresenterRoss Kemp

Crew

rolename
Executive producerSteve Anderson
Executive producerClare Barton
Executive producerRoss Kemp
Series producerJohnny McDevitt

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  • Episode 3

    Ross Kemp: Living with Painkiller Addiction

    Summary

    An investigation into the problem of addiction to opioids - opium-derived drugs - which are used in powerful prescription painkillers. Ross meets a woman who ended up with a serious addiction after being prescribed drugs for her bad back. He also learns about fentanyl, a painkiller used in cancer treatment, which can be much stronger than heroin and is being advertised for sale illegally in the UK. Ross comes face to face with a drug dealer who has started cutting fentanyl into his product and meets a former chemist whose daughter died from an overdose after taking heroin laced with the drug.

    Review

    Kemp investigates the use of opium-derived drugs in powerful painkillers prescribed by GPs. Misuse of the drugs is widespread but largely hidden from view: experts estimate there may be half a million people across the UK addicted to opioids, which are only intended to treat acute, short-term pain. Ross meets a woman who has been taking them for 20 years and tells him bluntly, ‘It has poisoned me.’

    But street drugs are also part of the story: Kemp learns that criminal drug dealers have started using fentanyl powder to dilute batches of heroin – because it’s cheaper, stronger and more addictive that way. And he hears from a father whose daughter died after taking the lethal cocktail.

    Details

    Languages
    English
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterRoss Kemp

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerSteve Anderson
    Executive producerClare Barton
    Executive producerRoss Kemp
    Series producerJohnny McDevitt
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