You could maybe pin it on a declining media market and newsmagazine programmes having to go for anything that'll draw ratings, but it doesn't seem that new a phenomenon. Campbell Live's pieces on legal highs were every bit as educational as this 3D one.
The original programme is here.
3D's Twitter feed is interesting too:
@vincristine @paulapenfold @michaeltarry we all hear what we want to hear. You'll be pleased to hear those who hold the anecdotes ..— 3D (@3D_TV3) November 9, 2015