Spider by Nash Edgerton: VICE Shorts

Spider by Nash Edgerton: VICE Shorts


[MUSIC PLAYING] JACK: Babe, it was a joke. What do you want? You want me out of the car? JILL: Oh, see. Now you’re just being silly. Always, Jack, you go too far. Always you take things
too far by one step. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] -Hello, sir. JACK: Hey there. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] JACK: And I’ll get this
as well, thanks. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] JACK: Thanks. -Thank you. JILL: I don’t believe it. I don’t believe I give
in for chocolate. That’s so lame. [SCREAMING] Oh my god! JACK: Oh shit! [INAUDIBLE] It’s OK. JILL: Shit! There’s a fucking spider! JACK: It’s OK. JILL: Get it off me. JACK: Hey. JILL: Get it off. JACK: Calm down. It’s fake. It’s a toy. Look, look. -Oh my god. What happened? [SIRENS] -I was driving, driving
down from [INAUDIBLE]. [INAUDIBLE] -Give me some room. JACK: Is she– she gonna– -Hello, can you hear me? Mate, just take a little
step back. [INAUDIBLE] some
oxygen on you. -Dolly, look at me. We’re going to put some
oxygen on you, OK? JACK: Is she going to be OK? -What’s her name, mate? JACK: Her name’s Jill. -Jill. Jill? -Come on, mate. OK? JACK: OK. -Big, big, deep breaths,
sweetheart. [INAUDIBLE] Keep your eyes on me. Yeah, that’s right. Just take deep breaths. Just keep looking at me. JACK: Jill. [INAUDIBLE] mate, just
give us a break. All right, buddy? Just stand back. -Just stand back, just
a couple of steps. We’d really appreciate
it, mate. -Now can you talk to me and
tell me where do you feel the most pain? Jill? Jill, it’s OK. Keep breathing. Keep your eyes focused
on me, sweetheart. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Ant Lavelle – Come Die With Me (prod. frumhere) [Official Video]

Ant Lavelle – Come Die With Me (prod. frumhere) [Official Video]


Yeah I’m alright, thank you Can I get an Old Fashioned, please? So come and die with me tonight, girl
finalize the rites, I’m mixing cyanide and Sprite Synchronise the lights and skip the vinyl,
Buy the flights – I’m not the type for suicide,
It’s just a right to dim the lights (uh) I like the silence, only fly my kites at night, Like my whites in tight lines,
Imbibe my whiskey by the pint I might slide between her thighs,
I mean we kissed – shit’s by the by Slit wrists and pop disco biscuits, chick,
The end’s in sight (uh) Been ever dancing in the dark arts – Glancing through the past
and raise a glass to all our hard parts, She… afraid to ask if it’s a mask,
You play the pastor, baby Pardon my disasters,
Little grafter with the bar charts Sometimes I bask,
Man, I been in this bath since half-past Karma played it’s cards,
Now I’m half-hearted – I pass class Life passing me by
while I kick at bars ’til the last glass And I’m just hoping you might Join me for a nightcap And if you really want that drink Meet me by the ocean,
Know some waves that ought to sink us I left my pen until the ink runs And if you really want that drink Meet me by the ocean,
Know some waves that ought to sink us I left my pen until the ink runs… … out.

GHB: The Party Drug Killing Ravers

GHB: The Party Drug Killing Ravers


Imagine if you were an alcoholic
and you drank every day and woke up feeling like shit
and somebody gave you something where you could get the same
sensation of getting fucked up and you wake up the next morning
feeling fresh and you’ve actually slept well. That’s the danger of G, it’s almost too good. GHB, or its precursor chemical, the industrial cleaning product GBL, is a deadly drug that has been
sneaking into dance floors across Europe. It’s previously been known
as a date rape drug and for its use in the gay chemsex
scene, but we’ve discovered that under
the radar it’s been spreading into mainstream nightlife. One milliliter too much can land you
in a coma or kill you. Anybody who raves knows someone
who takes G and anyone who takes G seems to know of somebody who’s died. We wanted to know how popular GHB
really is but the problem is that there’s no reliable statistics
on how many people are taking it. So we decided to do a call out
asking people for their experiences taking the drug and pretty much immediately we were inundated with voicemails
and videos from all across Europe. Music sounds a lot better, sex feels a lot better. I’ve always had good positive effects
from it. Recently my mate passed away on it. He was on G and then he fell asleep.
Just didn’t wake up. Some of my friends have been
hospitalized and died, some of them have even tried
to commit suicide off it. It makes you feel horny if you like,
or fruity. G makes you feel really active. It was like, a pretty dramatic uptake
in the Berlin scene. GHB was my favorite drug experience
that I’ve ever had. When you have GHB, you blackout, you are not in control
of whatever you do. Some people claim that
the Netherlands is one of the places where GHB began its new
relationship with dance culture. In the last five years, Amsterdam’s
OLVG hospital has seen a 266% increase
in GHB overdose admissions. We’ve just come to Groningen which
is in the northern Netherlands. We’re here to meet a dealer
who sells GHB and according to him, this area
is going through a bit of a GHB epidemic especially amongst the
hardcore music scene and the police have started
to make it a priority. Hey man I’m at the address you
gave me. “OK, I’ll come out, just a sec.” OK, cool. Is this the G? This is it, yeah, absolutely. And what’s this over here? – Coke.
– OK. Do you sell Coke as well? Yeah, anything. Out of all the stuff that you sell,
which sells the most? GHB, for sure. So why did you start selling GHB? People are getting more and
more into GHB. It would be stupid to not
take advantage of that, also because it’s so easy to get. It’s so easy to produce. It’s low effort, high price,
high profit. It’s a perfect business to be honest. How do you usually measure it out? I just put it in a big bowl. Let’s see. So how many milliliters is that
or are you still going? That’s 10. So this has to be 50 in total. How much is this 50 ml bottle
going to go for? 50 euros. So it’s about 1 euro per milliliter. That’s incredibly cheap. Yeah absolutely. Is that one of the appeals
of this drug? Yeah, absolutely. Most people I sell to are pretty
heavy users. OK. And they’ll f**king use it in church,
anywhere. So they’re using it every day?
They’re addicted? Yeah, absolutely. How aware are you of
the dangers of GHB? Pretty aware, I’ve seen a lot
of people going to s**t who were using it. Do you know people
who have died from it? Yeah, maybe around five or six people
I know have died from it, from overdosing on it, on the party itself,
so it will happen. There’s nothing people can do
about it. How popular is G in the Netherlands? It’s absolutely an epidemic. So many people using it nowadays
compared to a few years back. Well my mates are actually up there. I see the cool masks so I assume
you guys always hang out like this. For a pre-party, I feel like
it’s quite a lot of cocaine. – Yeah.
– It is. Do you guys do G as well? Yeah I like the feeling but I don’t
want to do it too often. – So what are you doing now?
– Taking the GHB. So I just poured it in
from the little tube. So what does that taste like? Oh s**t. Well it’s a bit thick so you really feel it
gliding through your throat. So do you just take GHB as like,
a chill one? Yeah absolutely. I really like it for just
a casual setting When you go to these hardcore parties do you see people on G often? At a festival people often use a lot like all day and all night. They get really active and energetic
and they start making weird noises and doing weird things
with their hands and at the end of the festival
they’re just f**ked. Bright and early the next day,
I was with Dirk and his friend on a five hour road trip to Europe’s
biggest hardstyle festival. So it’s 7 AM and we’re
on the party bus to this hardcore festival and as soon as we got on the bus, they started playing hardcore
very loud and everyone started doing
very large amounts of drugs. And meanwhile the whole time these two guys are pipetting out doses of GHB for the bus ride and it’s still not even 9 AM. On the bus stop, some people
asked me to make these so just making them
on custom order. The guys took a break from their
mobile drug laboratory to sell capsules of G to people
at the petrol station. They then took their first dose and for some reason set an alarm. So we’ve just arrived at the festival after a gruelling four hour bus ride and I noticed you putting
an alarm on your phone. Yeah. What was that for? I do that because otherwise
I will take a shot earlier than I should be. Basically keep yourself
from overdosing. That’s the point of it. The combination of speed, cocaine, G, alcohol and 200 BPM music might seem like a recipe
for disaster, but for the veteran drug users
of Holland’s hardcore scene, G has simply become another drug
on the narcotic menu that makes violently punching the air
more enjoyable. But it’s not just the Dutch gabber
scene where GHB is taking hold. The drug is quickly spreading. Especially to Europe’s
Disneyland of drugs, Ibiza. We’ve heard that GHB is bigger here
than anywhere else. It’s sort of a strange world with no
rules or ramifications, where it’s kind of like an arms race
to see who can do the most and the most intense drugs. Yeah, GHB is getting quite popular. Slowly everyone is knowing about it
and people are taking it. The younger generation is trying
their hand at it and with something that’s really
quite dangerous and heavy. Well, when I first came out here last
year I was like, “That’s f**king
weird as f**k, why the f**k would I ever take that?
That’s weird.” But then I took it because I was like
“Oh why not.” It’s actually quite cheap in
comparison to like, cocaine or something like that. We’re all f**ked up on the Gs people are going to be horny as f**k,
do you know what I mean? Now we’re even talking about it now,
it makes me actually want to do it. Give me some f**king Geebs. You see people getting carried out
of clubs all the time in Ibiza. I know of people who have died
from taking Geebs or things that are related
to taking Geebs. I went under and I was taken to an ambulance,
had to be resuscitated because I nearly died. At the first party we went to, we immediately saw a girl being taken
away on a stretcher by paramedics. It can’t be verified but we were
told by her friends that she had taken too much GHB. If we saw a potential G overdose,
known as ‘Going under’, after two hours of landing in Ibiza, we could only begin to imagine
how many similar tragedies were happening on this island
at any given time. It’s not just your health that’s
a problem when partying on G. It can dramatically affect
your behaviour with users reporting
an almost feral libido. For example, it took several police
officers to subdue this Dutch man after he lost control on G. People have done things that are
probably out of character. They’ve acted, not within
their own headspace. At the time it made my friend
so horny that she had to go back to our
apartment and use one of our friend’s dildos. If you dose too high and you take
too much you act irrationally, and you’re super horny
and kind of touchy but in a way that could
offend people. In 2018 the Ibiza resident DJ,
Jackmaster was accused of touching people
inappropriately during a G session and it heavily impacted his career. So much so, that he hasn’t spoken
to the press until now. I first started using GBL
four or five years ago. I started to like it and I got to the stage where
I was really relying on it to do gigs like if I didn’t have it before a gig
and during a gig I would feel pretty anxious. My use of it just started to spiral
out of control, you know. I was buying it in liters. I would have a liter under my sink
in the house. I’ve woken up at festivals before in a pool of my own sweat but freezing cold and I’ve not even known
what festival I was at. Would you call it an addiction? I would probably call it
an addiction, yeah. I mean at my 30th birthday, I overdosed on G
and I collapsed on stage. That was probably as close as I’ve
ever had in my life to dying you know and I probably was close and I did promise that I would stop and you know, I just fell into the
same bad patterns months after because the drug had such
a hold on me, you know. Since then, worse things
have happened, you know. There was a situation at a festival
last year and I’ve been told that I had acted
inappropriately to a number of women at the festival. I was bouncing around
from girl to girl just being inappropriate,
grabbing them, trying to kiss them. You don’t want to blame the drug
and make it an excuse. It’s absolutely not an excuse man, but it does go some way to explaining
why I acted out of character. I chose to pick up that bottle
and drink it. It’s my fault. I’m just so sorry and upset that,
you know, I hurt these women, I hurt the spirit of these women
and it’s just, it’s just really been heartbreaking
for me to know that. And you know, there’s a lot of people
in the dance music scene who are addicted to G and who are
using it far too much. So do you know many DJs
who are using GHB? I know a lot, not just DJs. I know a lot of people in the scene
who are doing it, you know, at after parties and stuff. It’s the number one drug that
people use to stay awake and hop from after party
to after party and it’s just that’s a really
dangerous culture considering the severity
of the effects that that drug can have on you. The growing popularity of G, combined with the lack of awareness
about its dangers, is inevitably going to lead
to more and more overdoses. I wondered how frequently
British doctors were dealing with GHB casualties and what you can do to
help people who have gone under. How dangerous is GHB compared
to other drugs? It’s a very dangerous drug
if used in overdose. If you had to estimate how many
people per week come in here with a GHB overdose? I guess it’s about two to three
a week, maybe more. But it’s pretty regular. It’s a fairly common thing. – Really?
– Yeah, absolutely. So one of the problems with it
is that it’s not just the overdose, it’s also that people can also
withdraw from it and if somebody stops GHB suddenly, they can have quite severe
withdrawal symptoms, much as you would if you were
a dependent heroin user and you suddenly stopped using it. So is GHB particularly addictive? Yeah, it has got addictive
tendencies, yes. Is there a way to take GHB safely? I guess the only way to be taking it
safely would be in an incredibly regulated fashion where there is no danger of you
overdosing, in an environment where everybody
knows exactly what to do if you do overdose. That sounds like a pretty
unlikely environment. I think it is. What can someone do if they see
someone who is passed out from GHB? Certainly if someone starts snoring
or they become really unrousable, then you’ve got to be worried. If somebody has passed out and you’re worried that they’re going
to lose their airway, they might suffocate, you need to get them to hospital. You can just simply put the person
in the recovery position, keep an eye on them try and keep them awake and get help. How can you tell if someone’s
passed out from GHB? Most of the deaths are pre-hospital so there isn’t a specific test that
we do in the emergency department to look for GHB or in any other emergency department. So there’s not really any way of us knowing the scale of the GHB problem? There are toxicology testing
that you can do for GHB which can be done in
a post-mortem setting. One of the things with it is that
the results aren’t instantaneous so within an emergency department
you need to do tests that are going to give you
results right now so you can act on them
to care for your patient. but we certainly don’t do a full,
complete toxicological drug screen that would take a few days to come
back for every single patient who comes through our doors. Emergency departments in the UK
aren’t testing for GHB or GBL in situ, and post-mortem toxicology reports
rarely are either, despite searching for over 300
other drugs. The dilemma is that public health
bodies across Europe won’t acknowledge there’s a problem
unless there are statistics, but will only gather
comprehensive statistics when they know there’s a problem. Because of this, the reports
that have been published are merely the tip of the iceberg. From everything we’ve seen, G does seem to be spreading rapidly and that increase in popularity
is being matched by a dangerous lack of awareness. I don’t know what the f**king
recommended amount is and young people aren’t going to know
what the recommended amount is, so the information is not there
for people. There should be a lot more education
on GHB and recommended dosages as well so that people know how much to take. Part of the danger of it
is how good it is and that’s why I think
there needs to be education. The stigma that surrounds drugs
isn’t helping which is especially amplified when it comes to the date rape
rust remover drug, GHB. The comas and deaths will continue
to happen until we accept that a ton of people are taking these dangerous drugs, and open up the conversation to spread awareness.

The Hard Lives of Britain’s Synthetic Marijuana Addicts

The Hard Lives of Britain’s Synthetic Marijuana Addicts


Spice just hits you like a truck,
it just knocks you out. Whereas bud you just sit and chill. You know what? I wish I could go back to my bud. Because you know what,
Spice, it’s horrible. I woke up after the Spice,
with vomit all over my bed, and myself. I know a kid who died of it. Couldn’t get his heart beating more. It was beating too fast,
it just went and shook out. As the new government began
making moves to ban all legal highs, we headed to Manchester,
where synthetic drugs like Spice, and other brands like Vertex,
Pandora, and Insane Joker, are freely available to buy from news
agents and places known as head shops. Although manufacturers state on
the packets that they’re not fit for human consumption,
legal highs are used recreationally. And they make the press when
students overdose on them. Most people thought it was
a recreational drug, a party drug, something that you could,
perhaps, dip in and out of. But actually, nobody really knows
what they’re made of part and what structure they have and
how they impact on the body. Although students with a support
network tend to dip in and out of synthetic drugs. We wanted to meet a much more
vulnerable group of people who can suffer from the affects of
a real dependency on legal highs. All the clients that
are presenting here are using spice. It’s affecting the mental health,
it’s affecting the physical health, and it’s a massive, massive problem. Manchester has more rough sleepers
then anywhere else outside of London. Cuts to council services have left the city with 20% fewer emergency
beds than there were five years ago. And during that time, legal highs have become a crutch to many
of the people who now live on the streets. I use it myself, and I use it because it takes the pain away. It’s legal. What can I do? I can sit here now, there could be 20 officers around
me with guns and everything. As long as pull a bag of spice out and
start rolling it, I can roll it. Nothing that anybody can do. I pull a bag of weed out and
they’ll all be on me like a car bonnet. How might people go about trying to
get hold of it once you can’t go to a shop and buy it? There’s always gonna
be some match level drug. There’s already street dealers out there. Are you worried though that it
might start criminalizing people? Yes, yes I’ve seen some bad you
have got to look at this drug, it’s bringing heroine addicts, I know a
heroine addict that’s a Spice addict now. He takes Spice like he used to take
heroine every single day of the week. He doesn’t took to heroine now, so that heroine a class A drug and
the Spice is bringing him off that. What is in this stuff? It’s amazing. The Misuse of Drugs Act
controls substances on the basis of their structure. The banned cannabinoid in weed is THC. Synthetic cannabis like spice mimics
the effects of weed by replicating and slightly altering the chemical
that gets people high. Legal high manufacturers design
cannabinoids and constantly update the composition of their products,
so that they remain within the law. But, these experiments can leave
the users smoking a legal version of weed that can be a hundred times stronger. One of the few volunteer
organizations that caters to Manchester’s homeless
community is Lifeshare, a charity that looks after young people
seeking advice and accommodation. Where I’ve just come from
is everywhere… It’s everywhere… Yeah, it’s everywhere. People are making thousands
of pounds off that. In jail, yeah. And trust me I’ve seen
some kids in wheelchairs. It’s funny, yeah, but afterwards it’s not. So more people just die. Pretty much most of our
clients use the Spice. I think the main reason that it’s
being used quite a lot, is it’s cheap. People that used to smoke cannabis,
they’re spending ten pound on cannabis. And they’re getting two smokes out of it. They’re spending five
pound on a gram of spice. And it’s going a lot further and
it’s a lot stronger as well, I believe. What I’ve noticed when it comes
to Manchester is the number of rough sleepers there are. Most of our clients now
are homeless and will sleep here. Why is that? Well, realistically there’s
budget cuts to various services or whatever, and homelessness has been a major one. We need more shelters and
we need more hostels. Lifeshare is the first point of contact
for people living on the streets, and currently sees over 100 clients. A regular member of their
drop-in clinic is Titch. I’ve got a spliff there. Where do you sleep at night, Titch? Car park up Portland Street. Are you waiting for a hostel? When was the last time
you had a Spice hit? About half 10, 11 o’clock this morning. How are you feeling right now? Like I want to kill someone. I want to go back into Strangeways
(Prison) and do a 28 day detox. But that would be pointless. Why would it be pointless
going into Strangeways? Because there’s more Spice in there
than what’s out on the streets. [INAUDIBLE] You look like you’re about to roll a spliff. Yeah, [INAUDIBLE] I forgotten
a spliff this morning. That’s about 40 spliffs
right there in that one. I don’t want it, but I’m in pain. I’m in that much pain. Where does it hurt? My stomach, shooting pains down my leg, shooting pains up my spine. Pains in my neck and in my arm. Harmful if swallowed. May cause respiratory irritation. Do you want a glass of water to drink? Have you ever seen any other drug like this? This is supposed to be legal, but it has a sense of deterioration
that you don’t expect from crack. Crack cocaine, and then quickly, rapidly deteriorated,
over a few weeks of using it. I’ve gone from that to this. Can you remember the first
time you started Spice? In the summer seeing young people
begging that would have never normally begged before and
they’re going begging for Spice. Risking their accommodation and
everything, cuz they’re not going home to accommodation cuz they’re off their
faces on Spice in the car parks. How much Spice do you smoke? Six grams a day. Six grams a day?
– Yeah. And how much does that cost? It’s three for 20 pounds so
you are looking at about 30 pounds or 40 pounds a day. I’d rather it be illegal because, do you
know what yeah I’d rather blaze my bud. Look at me now yeah, right,
I’m rattling, right, my head’s all over, right,
and I can’t think straight. Now, if this was bud, don’t get me wrong,
I’d be sat here stressed, Judy’s seen me stressed when I’ve not had bud, but I’m not like this, I’m not rattling. You know what, it’s horrible. And it’s the same irritability that
you would associate with crack, but you’re actually sometimes now showing
physical withdrawal signs as well, which you usually associate with heroin. I mean some of the young people here
describe the heart palpitating and really, really going really fast. They just will not take on board that how detrimental it’s gonna be to their
mental health, their long-term well-being. How did it make you feel? The first time I had it?
– Yeah. It was actually Pandora’s box as well. Were you there? We can do that. I think. I don’t know! What are you doing with your legs? And I was just waving my legs,
laughing my ass off at every single thing. I don’t know. You had a spliff about half an hour ago now. How are you feeling now? I’m not as bad, a bit anxious but not too bad. I’m putting my full time into
getting off Spice, I know I can but I have to be away from
being surrounded by it. At the moment the town has
become a breeding ground for it. Everybody comes into town, they won’t
go home because they need to get Spice. It’s being in this
situation on the streets, while everybody else is doing it, that I
kind of find it hard to get away from it. Titch, do you see that your way out
of Spice, and being surrounded by Spice culture is by getting
a secure accommodation in a hostel? Yes, d’you know what? I’ve said this from day one. I will stop smoking Spice when
I get in a hostel, right? And the only reason, the reason is yeah,
is because of the bud. I’d love to smoke my bud after
this because I know yeah, my bud ain’t making me unfit,
it ain’t making me drop, it ain’t fucking my head up and that. Before meeting Tim, Johan realized that
legal highs like Spice were addictive. He’s only gone a few hours without smoking
it before showing signs of withdrawal. There’s the rattling going now. I wanted to find out from someone
whose job it is to get people off drugs, if the legal status of a particular
substance had any impact on whether people take it or not. There is a level of naivete
around thinking that by making legal highs illegal,
people will be less inclined to use them. If somebody is already in a situation of
relative chaos in their life in general, it would be unlikely that we would see
a significant impact in people using them. It’s not necessarily gonna positively
impact on the people who are using it, but it impacts on who’s in charge of the
supply and where the supply comes from. It’s a public health issue. And what we wouldn’t want to see is for the criminal aspect of that problem to be
prioritized over the public health aspect. I think all services providing
information, support, access for members of the public, we’ve had
significant financial cuts, I think, over the last five years. And that’s probably going to continue, so there’ll be a 25% reduction in
the overall spend on drugs and alcohol. He’s one of the biggest
Spice heads in town. I know two people who have died of it. At a city center soup kitchen, local health workers are dealing with
Spice casualties on a daily basis. The guy that we first
came across on the wall, he was completely out of it, unconscious. We’ve been talking to
lots of people about it. They say they’ve never seen a drug
have as massive effects as legal highs do on people. No. We’ve gone from having no problems with it to now we’re getting three or
four people every night. We’ve had no training on it, obviously,
when we did the training it wasn’t there, now we are starting to get training on
it because there’s so much out there, it’s so bad. Outlawing something doesn’t sort of
change people’s intention to do something. It doesn’t no, but it becomes
illegal more can be done about it. Same again, now I can smell it now. – Yeah, me too. And it doesn’t smell like weed,
does it? No.
It is so much chemically related, that nobody really knows what’s in it. It will knock you out and it will numb
your senses to the elements and stuff. This is why it’s becoming
a homeless phenomenon, it’s because it numbs your senses and it makes you dull and
it makes the elements not bother you. Later that night we went to find it. As we wandered the streets,
it was hard to ignore the irony and the fact that Spice was, to some degree,
a problem of the government’s own making. And there seemed to be a similarity
between Titch’s cycle of satisfying his own addiction and the government’s way of handling drugs. A sort of Whac-a-Mole tactic that
only serves as a temporary solution. As ministers debate the details of
the new psychoactive substances bill, while cutting addiction services and
housing support, only time will tell where the problem
might pop up again in the future.

Build Underground House Under Termite Mound


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The Deadly Synthetic Drug Epidemic Killing New Zealanders


I’ve known about five friends that have died of it it’s affected a lot of lives. It’s not something that New Zealand has seen before. The synthetics is destroying West Auckland not just people, but the community, everything. This is the main area where we used to smoke. I used to see little kids running through here, spewing up just seizuring in the middle of the road on this roundabout here. I found a women actually blacked out over here she was knocked out, pale unresponsive, and I actually had to pick her up myself and carry her to my mums house. There’s another house I used to score from just down over here, just down on this left street. They used to sell the good shit. which made people want more. Synthetics is a real big problem to West Auckland. There’s a lot of houses out here that sell it. There’s a lot of people walking around that will come up to you “Bro, want to buy a bag?” You know stuff like that. West Aucklanders aren’t afraid to try anything. They will try anything or whatever just to get a hit. No, this is not for you, this is for me Don’t you bite! F***ing little s*** That’s why I don’t associate with these birds, they’re a**holes. I was thirteen when I started synthetics. Well first of all it came out on the shops and stuff and I thought it was just… it was yuck hey, it didn’t really do anything for me and Yeah I used to mock the s*** out them, like those c**** down in Henderson. Like “oh my god, just smoke the real s*** bro” like… “you’re so stupid that s*** is just going to f*** up your brain”. This s*** was actually way cheaper than weed and had much more of an effect. So that’s how I got into smoking it. I don’t know I was going through so much then, I just needed it to cope. I’ve… yeah I’ve been smoking it for pretty much six years straight. The government’s to blame, they’re the only people to blame. Why bring a drug out and have it legalised so widely in so many shops and put it around the whole entire country and then get all these people addicted to it, like actually f***ing addicted, and then just take it away and make it illegal? Of course it’s going to go underground and then people are going to start making s*** that is harmful and that’s what’s happened. I’d smoke probably an ounce of synthetics in two days. That’s every week. I was real bad. I’m surprised I’m still alive. It felt like a hand was trying to reach up my throat and out my mouth. I guess my body couldn’t handle the amount of chemicals I was getting and it was making me regurgitate sort of kind of spew but I wasn’t spewing. Kind of, it was a dry spew, kind of like someone was putting their hand out my mouth. I actually kind of seizured first, started frothing at the mouth and then I blacked out. And that’s when my mum came running in. I woke up in the hospital, not realising where I was or what I’d done. And my mum came up to me crying saying; You almost died son, you know, I found you basically half dead in the bath tub just lying there, pale, speechless, just real…. you know, not responsive. So I rushed you to the hospital, son. You’re lucky to be alive. That’s all she said to me. Middlemore ED receiving We have on board a 24 year old male, chief complaint being collapsed, seizures following some synthetic cannabis use. What brings people to the emergency department, what we’re seeing nowadays usually is seizures. The seizures are are common. People come in with a problem, they come in with chest pain, they come in with seizures et cetera. We don’t always know what that is, so we start working down the list of what can cause that. But now we’ve seen so many seizures from synthetic cannabinoids, that that’s one thing we always just consider. That’s the list where we thought about synthetic cannabinoids. These things have been around since 2007, 2008. This was started in a medical pharmaceutical laboratory for research. Now it’s kind of gone to underground labs
all over the world and there is no quality control. AMB Fubinaca, this is one that we’ve seen recently. It’s about 60-70 times more potent than natural cannabis. They take this chemical and they mix it in water to dissolve it and get grass or hay or whatever that’s dried, and lay it down on a table and they’ll spray this on there. Well what if the person whose spraying this gets distracted and maybe they spray this section for ten seconds longer than this section, and all of a sudden you have an incredibly potent pack of synthetics that are going to go out and cause really bad harm. She did actually start off as a very, very lovely child, and she’s still a lovely child underneath. She ended up getting into ice skating. She did very well at ice skating it was one thing that she was absolutely good at. She says it was her one place that she was always calm. It was a place that she felt safe. Once she lost that, there was a big change in her life. So then she took up with locals around Henderson. The wrong sorts. We could never do much about that. Unfortunately. My week has been… absolutely s***. I had these people… they’re supposed to be helping me intertwine into the community. And they seem to think that they can provide me
a counsellor, which I’ve already got. You’re like five years too late bro. Why are you just trying to do this now? What do you want? This better not be f***ing prison mail Speaking of the f***ing devil. Oh my god I hate it when people use animals to manipulate me. She’s put the little cat there and pictures of cats down there. Like how evil is that? F***ing. Hey Tammara, hope you are doing okay.
I haven’t seen you in a little while, giving you some space. I hope that you understand that it’s all done out of care for you and your best interests. It was a hard decision to make but we knew it
would enable you to have some time from drugs and then hopefully remain drug free. But why write me a f***ing letter? Are you that scared to come to my f***ing house?
You must have f***ed up, hey? So, I’m glad she admitted it there, that she’s the one that f***ing put me in a mental hospital. So, yeah, nah I’m glad she hasn’t come around, cause I’m going to smack her face in now. I had no other f***ing choice,
they put me in a f***ing mental hospital man. What was I supposed to do?
Just actually let them win and go crazy? You lying f***ing c*** See? They wonder why I don’t trust these f***ing services. Synthetics is easier to get than crack, man. You just got to know the right people. There was a period of time where synthetic cannabis was legal. It was then made illegal under the Psychoactive Substances Act. The importation or manufacturing of a Psychoactive Substance has a penalty of two years in prison. In terms of selling a Psychoactive Substance it’s a three month penalty or a forty thousand dollar fine. Police have worked with New Zealand Customs on an importation where there was just over a thousand grams of synthetic drugs imported into New Zealand. That has a potential street value of one million dollars. We utilise a wide range of techniques that we are trained to look out for and these ones stood out to me so… we will open them up and examine them and see what we’ve got. The x-ray image looked inconsistent, it’s sent as express mail out of Hong Kong We find predominantly China is one of the big providers of synthetic cannabinoids. And now what I would do is I would use one of my tools that can test substances, it’s got a library of over 11,000 different substances both illegal and not illegal and it can test it through the clear bag, so it’s all contained, and tell me what this is. And this has come back for ADB Fubinaca which is a synthetic cannabinoid. It’s a free leash park my babes. We’re not breaking any laws. Since the last time I seen you I found a man. It’s good that there’s another dog around or two other dogs cause he stays with them. If they listen he’ll just follow them. From the moment I saw Tammara I kind of, you know, I had this feeling that she was the one that I could settle down with. The first night I met her and when I left her house I said to my brothers partner, I said to her I think I just found my Bonnie, you know like Bonnie, Clyde, back in the 1920s, 30s whatever. It is moving quickly, but I like it you know, I love it. Where we are at the moment is good. I wouldn’t change nothing. I wouldn’t change nothing. Maybe the only thing would be just to keep her off synthetics that’s probably about it. I worry about her relapsing. It’s when I’m not there, or you know there’s no one there to help her when she does have those… those moments, or those urges to want to go back there. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t even like him to see me on synthetics. Everytime I’m like a synnie cone would be so good right now, he’s like no, no, f*** that babe, no. You know once it’s on the street, it’s hard to get off, you know? There’s millions of synthetics out there now while I’m talking and there’s no way to get it off the streets. It’s just like the sickness going around. I met Devonte when I was 16 played rugby together, went to school together. Found out a little bit about him and his mum told me about him, told me his struggle you know he wanted to get away from all the stuff down there. So he came up to Auckland to an even worse place, you know? Full of drugs, bad people. He was a real good fella, you know he was bubbly and humble. He just loved doing good. I made this little set up for him because he would have wanted it. This is actually his little… board thing. You know, he made this little signature Which I don’t want to forget so I decided to put it with his little memorial. But, this one is the specialist Cause, when he was little he got baptised and his mum kept this for him since he was little and sort of gave it to me. She gave me the responsibility to basically look after it, keep it special, close to me. Yeah. He was actually at my house the night before he passed away. Him and my mum had an argument cause… he was smoking that s*** in my washhouse and my mum didn’t like it so she told him to go home. I told him, alright bro I’ll see you tomorrow and he goes I’ll be over tomorrow and I go okay. Woke up waiting for him and I was realising, why is he taking so long? And my mum comes up in tears and I… I kind of knew what happened, I kinda knew. Then when she told me I just, I felt it. Really did. It was hard. Sorry, I’ll be back. There is a physiological addiction to these synthetic
cannabanoids as well as a psychological addiction. This time I’ve relapsed. It’s so sad that I can’t say that anymore. Like “Oh yeah, I’ve been clean like eight week now”. That’s so s***. I reckon that the s*** that they’ve got out now compared to a couple months ago or whatever when I was smoking it and it has gotten stronger. Definitely. I reckon I’m more addicted too, all I could think about was just… having another cone, having another cone. Waiting for him to go to sleep so I could have a cone. Nah yeah, that was… that was a really big f*** up what I did. Relapsing. Wish I did things a little bit differently and was a little bit stronger, earlier. And yeah, but nah, I wouldn’t say that I regret anything that makes me the person that I am today. Yeah. Then I wouldn’t be this f***ing ray of sunshine.