With the highest level of consumption of narcotics. no-one takes drugs quite like the British
There is no doubt that Britain has the highest drug habit. for me, this is so preposterous.
this is high society
A series where we meet dealers, users, and manufacturers to find out why the UK has the worlds most excessive drug habits
When it comes to MDMA, the UK statistically takes more in one session than any other nation on Earth.
first time you take it, its like unreal
and there's like loads of drum and base, adn loads of lights lights and everything was just like woah
last year, ecstacy related deaths reached their highest levels in a decade
and now, its back in the headlines
they need to be aware of this bad stuff that can kill you by taking it once
we wanted to find out whats making ecstacy so dangerous, and how that danger can be reduced
so we've had a vague promise from some teenage drug dealers that they're gonna meet us here at the strip on Dalston
and tell us what its like selling ecstasy to people
hows it going?
you guys walk up and down the street
asking people if they want drugs
to buy large, whats the most popular drug around here?
mandy and pills
do you think that MDMA is getting more popular?
how pure are your pills?
at best, british street dealers only have a vague idea of whats in their drugs.
and thats because ecstasy, whether its too weak, too strong, or too adulterated, is largely manufactured in Holland
and with the advent of the dark web, dutch pill makers have been shifting 50 kilos of ecstasy per month
why smuggle drugs when you can just mail them anonamously with legitimate carriers
to see how authorities are trying to stop these packages from reaching dealers, we met with UK border force
so whats in these parcels here?
these two specific parcels are believed to contain MDMA, ecstasy
You get all sorts of, sort of, modern brands that appeal to young people.
You have uh, a whatsapp brand, you'll have a burger king, a shield, we have the lick.
one, oh oh, the rolling stones one? We got ying and yang.
So obviously you can't intercept every single package.. I guess the question is how many slip through the net?
That's hard to say...
That's so hard to say.
We wouldn't speculate on that, it's not something we would even.. give a percentage on.
It's a -
Statistics are for statisticians.
We are all very intelligent here at border-force.
That's what we're payed to do.
and we do work hard for border-force.
- And we do stop an awful lot of drugs.
Do you have to count all those individual pills?
We have done in the past, yes.
But we're advised not to.
Because uh, touching them, we try not to touch them as much as possible.
Do you - do you find it a little bit exciting?
Yeah! It's always interesting and exciting.