Drugs Home›Education resources›Student guide›Timelines›Drugs Featured articles 1868 Pharmacy Act restricts use of opium in England 1900 Drugs such as cocaine and opium still appear to be popular and widely available. 1914 Ecstasy first patented by German chemists, although no immediate use for it is found. 1916 BBFC's grounds for deletion extended to include 'the drug habit, e.g. Opium, Morphia, Cocaine etc...' More on the 'grounds for deletion'... 1936 Sequence in Chaplin's Modern Times shows the star becoming comically affected by inadvertently sniffing 'nose powder'. The film is passed U without cuts. 1938 Reefer Madness propagandises, in no uncertain terms, against young people trying marijuana. 1949 Screen legend Robert Mitchum is jailed for marijuana possession. 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm Frank Sinatra startles audiences by playing a heroin addict in a film based on a gritty cult novel by Nelson Algren. The BBFC awards the film an X certificate. 1967 LSD and marijuana are the drugs of choice with the counterculture. Rock stars Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are arrested for possession of the latter. Roger Corman's The Trip, dealing with LSD use, is rejected by the BBFC. 1971 Andy Warhol's Trash is rejected by the BBFC. It is subsequently passed X with cuts in 1972. Rising star Al Pacino appears in Panic in Needle Park, about heroin addicts in New York. The film is rejected by the BBFC and not rated until 1975. More on Trash... 1981 Cult German film Christiane F portraying heroin addiction is passed with an X certificate. The initial 18 rated video version is cut to reduce scenes of drug taking for home viewing in 1986. A later version in 2000 is passed 18 without cuts. 1984 The Video Recordings Act is passed with its 'special regard' for home viewing and the possibility of 'instruction' via the rewind facility. More on the Video Recordings Act... 1986 Comic references to cocaine are cut from Crocodile Dundee for PG on video. Ecstasy is established as the drug of choice in the rave dance scene. 1995 Trainspotting passed uncut on film. The film is, however, cut for its first outing on video. More on Trainspotting... 1997 Liam Gallagher of rock group Oasis says taking cocaine is 'like having a cup of tea'. 2001 Both the star and director of the gritty drugs-themed thriller Traffic win Oscars. The film sports an 18 uncut status in the UK. 2002 Trainspotting is passed uncut for DVD release. Corman's The Trip is finally passed as suitable for adults to view. More on Trainspotting... 2003 City By The Sea, which contains an anti-drug message, was passed 15 on film in 2002. Expert advice was sought and the work is raised to 18 on video due to concerns that one particular scene could provide instructive detail about drug use. 2004 Andy Warhol's Trash is passed 18 uncut for DVD release. Cannabis is legally reclassified from a Class B to a Class C drug. More on Trash... 2005 Magic Roundabout is passed U after the oblique drug references were deemed innocuous and unlikely to be understood by children. 2006 Harsh Times and Kidulthood are passed 15 because the portrayal of drug use in both films was thought to be aversive. More on Kidulthood... 2007 Things We Lost In The Fire contains scenes of heroin preparation and use, however the film as a whole has a strong anti-drug message and is passed 15. 2008 Pineapple Express is cut to achieve the requested 15 category. A scene showing drug dealing to schoolchildren and cannabis smoking between them and the sellers was reduced. The uncut video version is raised to 18. Drugs have been a significant concern of the BBFC since its early days... Share this!