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Cocaine: History Between the Lines (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  30 August 2011 (USA)
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The history, present and future of cocaine
16 June 2013 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Cocaine has always gotten a bad rap, and for a reason. It is a drug used by the rich and the poor legally and illegally, Mexican cartels fought over it with Colombia once associated with the brutal cocaine wars, and a source of tension between the American and Mexican borders on the people who are illicitly bringing in cocaine from one side of the border to another and will do anything to do it. So it can be surprising at times to the viewer throughout the course of the documentary special, that it was never always like this.

When the documentary special begins, it showed why cocaine has always being in a bad light. A person being shot in the midst of the cocaine wars in Mexico. What may be viewed as a statistic on the surface in terms of what the cocaine wars has brought about when it comes to the number of casualties as a result of that, the person could be someone's else family, friend, relative, or spouse. It is divided into various categories like the people who distributed illegally, those who used it, the countries caught in the crossfire in one of the most available drugs in the world in the form of the United States, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. Perspectives from all sides spoke their side of the story, the people who are using it and imported it usually illegally, the people who are fighting against the usage of cocaine, the people for whereby cocaine is their way of making a living whether by choice or not.

But in between it also brought in historical perspectives, like how it was once viewed as. In fact, there was a time when it was being viewed in a different light. Cocaine was actually extracted from the cocoa leaves and its use in power form lead to what we now know known as. It was actually initially viewed with having medicinal value.

According to the special, the now-famed Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud used it as a way to treat depression. But that is not the only famous use of the drug being depicted. An Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton had added it to the soft drink the world is now drinking - Coca Cola. Cocaine is also known as coke in short, and that is also the short form of the famous soft drink as well, but as Coke. When Coca Cola first came into being, it was supposed to be of medicinal value.

As history has shown, the attempted banning of alcohol backfired during the Prohibition period in the 1920s. It was the case for controlling the usage of cocaine in the United States in 1914. It would come to be associated as the drug for the hippie movement, celebrities and the rich, people of varying statuses using it whether they have the money to pay for the valuable drug or not. While governments over the years have tried to control the usage of it, it was met with great effect. One famous example depicted in the documentary special was when Richard Nixon was president, declaring a war on drugs in the 1970s.

But the people interviewed when asked on what they think of the usage of the term, they have doubts on its validity. Just like the doubts over controlling the flow of cocaine between borders given of the demands, leading to the emergence of drug cartels. Even the role of the drug cartels had evolved over the years and those in the know had noted that the drug cartels are not friendly with each other, making it a brutal and bloody battle between them.

No matter what, it is a never-ending story of those who wants to keep the drug off the streets and those who will want to have it, at whatever cost it may take. The interviews of the people from various viewpoints involved with cocaine does give insights on what they think about the drug as a whole.


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