Don’t Get High on Your Own Supply is a tragic 1998 documentary which begins with photojournalist Lanre Fehintola deciding to experiment with the drugs being taken by the drug addicted subjects of a book he was working on to try and understand them, ‘immersion’ if you like (in 2000 he released the book Charlie Says… Don’t Get High on Your Own Supply).
The film then charts his own long struggle with addiction to heroin as he becomes increasingly dependent on the drug, like many people who decide to try the drug, he arrogantly thought that addiction was beneath him.
A follow up documentary Cold Turkey was made by his friend and fellow photojournalist Leo Regan and screened in 2001, it documents Fehintola’s attempt to kick his 9 year old habit by going cold turkey and successfully shows the grim reality of the drug and the difficulty of getting clean.
Lanre Fehintola published a book about his struggles with addiction in 2000 titled Charlie Says… Don’t Get High on Your Own Supply: An Urban Memoir, its a rare book and goes for high prices due to the success of this documentary and its follow up. Unfortunately it has never been made available for kindle.