10th July 2003




A drug awareness video from the viewpoint of the addict’s family has been produced by a lecturer and students at the University of Lincoln.


Russell Foster - part-time lecturer in Media Communications - was commissioned by DrugLincs and Connexions Lincolnshire and Rutland to write and direct a video depicting the physical and mental effect that the use of class A drugs, such as heroin, have on the user’s family.


Entitled ‘The Ripple Effect’ the 25-minute documentary follows the story of three real-life addicts and their families.  It aims to dispel many of the myths that surround drug use showing that heroin use is affecting all sections of society including people in employment and from professional backgrounds.


“It’s a very emotive video,” said Russell. “It’s not visually gruesome but shows the reality of use, the problems and the emotions faced by both the addicts and their families.


“Matthew, one of the addicts, has lost his job, his marriage and many of his family members and friends. It is heartbreaking to see.”


Most of the filming is actual footage but some of the scenes have been reconstructed using 2nd and 3rd year Media Communications students from the university.


Russell (41), of Green Lane, Woodhall Spa, previously made an interactive CD-ROM and drug awareness video for schools, called ‘Hands Up’.  The video shows 12 and 13 year old children why people become addicted to things using examples such as tea, coffee, chocolate and cola.  


The launch of the ‘The Ripple Effect’ will take place on Friday 25th July in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at the university’s Brayford Pool campus between 12.00 and 2.00pm. Admission is free.


For further information about the video and launch details please contact DrugLincs on 01522 823446.



For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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