-Mental Health, Trauma and Addiction
- Articles
- Documentary Recommendations
- Further Reading

It might seem odd to include documentary recommendations in these section, but there are so many relevant to the topics here. You'll notice the recommendations are from a selection of mainstream streaming services. They can't all be conspiracy theorists, can they?






Achenbach, J., Bernstein, L., O'Harrow Jnr., R and Boburg, S. (July 2019) An onslaught of pills, hundreds of thousands of deaths: Who is accountable? Washington Post [online]. Available at:

Cermak, T. L. (17 January 2022) The Complex Link Between Cannabis Use and Psychosis. Psychology Today. Available online at:

Colizzi, M., & Murray, R. (2018). Cannabis and psychosis: What do we know and what should we do?  The British Journal of Psychiatry, 212(4), 195-196. doi:10.1192/bjp.2018.1. Available online at:

Compassion Prison Project (online resource hub). Available at: 
Damji, M. (20 March 2022) Prison Privatisation: A Failure of the British Penal System. St. Andrews Law Review (online). Available online at:

Deggans, E. (June 18, 2021) How TV Dramas Informed And Misinformed Perceptions Of The War On Drugs. NPR (online). Available online at:

Drugwise (October 2021) Drug Consumption Rooms. Drugwise. Available online at:
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (16 June 2023) Harm reduction – the current situation in Europe (European Drug Report 2023) EMCDDA. Available online at:

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (6 July 2023) Spotlight on… Drug consumption rooms. EMCDDA. Available online at:

Gage, S. (19 March 2019) Cannabis and psychosis: triangulating the evidence. The Lancet (Psychiatry). Vol.6. issue pages 364-365. Available online at:

Garavelli, D. (13 September 2023) Scotland is now free to defy the Tories’ drugs policy. This could transform the whole UK (Opinion: Drugs). The Guardian. Available online at:

Jorandby,L.E. (8 February 2022) When Trauma Leads to Addiction. Psychology Today (U.S.). Available online at:

Lesser, B. (12 August 2023) Addiction to Drugs and Psychological Trauma. Available online at:

Leung, P., Macdonald, E.M., Dhalla, I.A. and Juurlick, D. (2017) A 1980 Letter on the Risk of Opioid Addiction. New England Journal of Medicine. 1 June 2017; 376:2194-2195
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1700150. Available online at:

Lortye, S. A., Will, J. P., Marquenie, L. A., Goudrian, A. E., Arntz, A. and de Waal, M. M. (7 September 2021) Treating posttraumatic stress disorder in substance use disorder patients with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of different types and timings of treatment BMC Psychiatry. 21, 442 (2021) Available online at:

Mann, B. (19 June 2021) Overdose Deaths Rose During The War On Drugs, But Efforts To Reduce Them Face Backlash. NPR (online). Available online at:

Matthews-King, A. (13 July 2019) Residential addiction services in England cut by third amid drug overdose and funding crisis, figures show. The Independent (online). Available at:

Morrison, H. (31 August 2023) Home Office Rejects MPs Calls for Safe Drug Consumption Rooms. The National (Scot). Available online at:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (U.S.) (July 2020) Cannabis (Marijuana) Research Report
Is there a link between marijuana use and psychiatric disorders? National Institute of Drug Abuse. Available online at: (online resource). Available online at:

Office for National Statistics (3 August 2022) Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2021 registrations. ONS. Available online at:

Pandeli, J. (30 September 2019) A Money-Making Cycle of Incarceration: The Private Sector and UK Prison Labour. Futures of Work (online). Issue 6. Available online at:

Porter, J. (1980) Addiction Rare in Patients Treated with Narcotics (Letter to editor) New England Journal of Medicine. 10 January 1980. 1980; 302:123
DOI: 10.1056/NEJM198001103020221. Available online at:

Reuters (10 August 2023) US supreme court halts Purdue Pharma deal that shields Sacklers from lawsuits: Court agrees to hear challenge from Biden administration to legality of OxyContin maker’s bankruptcy settlement. The Guardian (Online). Available online at:

Rich, S.L, Wilson, J.K. and Robertson, A. A. (19 February 2016) The Impact of Abuse Trauma on Alcohol and Drug Use: a Study of High-Risk Incarcerated Girls(Abstract) Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 25:3, 194-205, DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2015.1007197. Available online at:

Sherman, N. (21 October 2020) Purdue Pharma to plead guilty in $8bn opioid settlement. BBC (Business News online). Available at:

Stone, E. (2 May 2022) Is Cannabis Addictive? Available online at:

Thorpe, B. and Williams, J. (October 2022) V&A drops financial ties with Sackler family over links with opioids. The Guardian. Available at:

Wikipedia (October 2022) MCarthyism. Wikipedia. Available at:

Wikipedia (October 2021) Nixon White House tapes. Wikipedia. Available at:

Wikipedia (15 August 2023) Purdue Pharma. Wikipedia. Available at:

Wikipedia (update date unknown) The Schafer Report. Available at: 

Wolf, Zachary, B. (3 September 2021) The worst drug dealers in history are getting away with billions. Available at:

Zornosa, L. (10 August 2023) How the Netflix Drama Painkiller Uncovers the Origins of the Opioid Crisis. Available online at:

Updated: 16th August 2023