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Drug Misuse – Dummy


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Duration 30sec
Release Date 1985
Sponsor Central Office of Information for Home Office
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Heroin abuse became a high-profile problem in the 80s as anti-drug messages began to appear in fictional programming. The troubled character Zammo, who appeared in the popular BBC series Grange Hill, became perhaps the most famous heroin user for the generation of young people that watched it.
Reinforcing the anti-drugs message the cast of the show went on to record ‘Just Say No’ in 1986.

With its strap line of ‘Heroin Screws You Up’ this film was one of the most memorable public information campaigns of the 80s. It uses stark imagery to deliver its anti drugs message that heroin is a highly addictive and potentially fatal drug.


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