The Narcotic Farm
The Narcotic Farm

The Narcotic Farm


    Friday 2 Oct 17:45


55 mins

Director: JP Olsen, Luke Walden Country: USA
Writer: JP Olsen, Luke Walden, Ken Levis Original Format: MiniDV
Dir. of Photography: Luke Walden Print Source: Luke Walden
Producer: JP Olsen, Luke Walden
Cast: Wayne Kramer (narrator)

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

Former inmates reveal a previously untold story of jazz, human drug testing and secret CIA research at America’s first prison for drug addicts.


The United States Narcotic Farm first opened its doors in 1935 in Lexington, Kentucky to treat those suffering from drug addiction. The Narcotic Farm was a beautiful residence with sweeping lawns and a vast garden, appearing like an exclusive country club to those being admitted. Following the history of the Narcotic Farm from the 1930s to its demise in the 1970s, it was the core of the drug research centre as well as a social gathering for jazz musicians, street hustlers, and drugstore junkies. From what was a sanctuary to those being beaten on the streets, the Narcotic Farm soon became a corrupt testing ground for scientists to treat addicts like their very own guinea pigs.
In this gripping documentary, The Narcotic Farm gives first hand accounts of patients who have suffered the indignity of being falsely treated by doctors. The government is exposed as funding novel experiments involving drugs with volunteer inmates then rewarding them with heroin at a department in the farm called ‘The Bank’. Startling pictures, revealing film clips, and news papers and government documents divulge the travesties. The stories of actual patients, doctors, and guards disclose the disquieting truths that went on behind the quaint country doors. This film exposes the tremendous rise and fall of the Narcotic Farm.