On Drugs: Prescription Drug Abuse - 'Our Dealers Wear White Coats'

Comedian Jacob Hawley explores the UK drugs scene.

This week, he heads to Bradford to find out more about prescription drug abuse - people using and becoming addicted to drugs that you can get from your doctor or over the counter at a pharmacy. He hears from young people about what new drugs are coming through, talks to Dr Kevin Sabet in America about how bad the issue got over there, and Dr Tom Yerburgh in the UK about whether we have a similar issue at home. He also visits Michael Ritchie, who runs the addiction to medicine program at The Bridge Project, and Katie and Michelle - two ex-addicts who Michael has helped kick the habit.

Jacob Hawley is a Silver ARIA-winning, BBC New Comedy Award Finalist, as seen on BBC3 and heard on BBC Radio 4.

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues discussed in this podcast, you can find help and support here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1kS7QTDB16PWkywhsXJLzxz/information-and-support-addiction-alcohol-drugs-and-gambling

Jacob Hawley: On Drugs is a BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds.

Art by Made Up

Music by Buddy Peace

Producer: Nick Coupe