Was back at the BBC on Tuesday morning! We got to watch them do their radio program Freedom2014: Freedom and Addiction.
It was really exciting to watch an actual show at the BBC. There were three guests. One was currently a morphine user, one had stopped using cocaine/other hard drugs and had gone through rehab, and one was a doctor. They were all asked questions about drug use both in the UK and around the world.
I was fascinated by the morphine users responses, as they were really a different opinion than anything I had heard before. I think this one of the things about the BBC that I really like: they bring on people of all different viewpoints so that listeners/viewers can get a lot of information and then create educated opinions. The morphine user discussed how he didn’t want to talk about his morphine use—he wasn’t there to defend himself. Instead, he was speaking for a group of drug users who want to bring up the fact that they turned to drugs for a reason and that they need to helped. For example, these people need help getting jobs. Also, they want to be taught how to use drugs casually. If drugs are recreational, then with education, they should be able to be used safely.
What was also really cool was that while this program was going on, Mexican security forces claimed that they had killed a Knights Templar cartel drug lord. Obviously, this related to drugs, so the program got one of their Latin America specialists to come in and talk a little bit about that situation and also how that drug cartel affects the lives of the people in Latin America. I liked seeing how the program adapted to incoming news.
That night I also went to Pub Quiz with my roommate! It was really fun, and though we didn’t won (though we did have a higher per person/correct answer rate than the winning teams!), I would love to one day go to a pub and do a non-NYU version.