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Scathed (Crystal Meth Drug Abuse) 2008


Distributed by Chip Taylor Communications, 2 East View Drive, Derry, NH 03038-4812; 800-876-CHIP (2447)
Produced by Odd Squad Productions Society
Directed by Toby Hinton, Eva Wunderman and Steve Plitt, Co-Director
DVD, color, 30 min.

Sr. High - Adult with viewer discretion advised
Criminal Justice, Substance Abuse, Health Sciences

Date Entered: 02/25/2010

Reviewed by LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

Scathed is part of Chip Taylor Communication’s Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Series produced by Odd Squad Productions Society. What makes methamphetamine such an attractive high? The meth users that the viewer is introduced to in Scathed report that after taking the drug they experienced a sudden “rush” of pleasure or a prolonged sense of euphoria, as well as increased energy, focus, confidence, sexual prowess and feelings of desirability. However, after that first try, they began to have a need for more and more of the drug to get that feeling again, and maintain it. This film clearly illustrates that after repeated use, methamphetamine exacts a toll on the mind and body, robbing users of their physical health and cognitive abilities. This becomes evident to the viewer who is introduced to five crystal meth users (Roberta, Andrea, Tim, Ariel, Candace) in this film. They talk about their first-hand experience with this deadly drug; their lives prior to their addiction and where they are now. All of them have been arrested and their lives forever changed; the scenes and language are graphic and explicit and may disturb some viewers. While the film takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, for just a moment I thought the scenes looked U.S.A. familiar. The message here is clear, yet dramatically painful and ugly- crystal meth destroys lives.

Recommended for high school, adult, college with viewer discretion advised.