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The Opioids Epidemic: How I Became a Heroin Addict 2017


Distributed by Human Relations Media, 41 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 800-431-2050
Produced by Anson Schloat
Directed by Scott Sniffen
DVD, Color, 22 min. with PDF guide included on the disc. (29 pages)

High School - General Adult
Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice

Date Entered: 08/15/2017

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

“The opioid crisis is now one of 29 active national emergencies” according to a recent CNN reporter in August 2017. The Opioid Epidemic illustrates just how serious this crisis is with the viewer hearing from four recovering, young addicts who transitioned from painkillers to heroin. With the death of pop singer Prince who overdosed on Fentanyl in April 2017, the throes of addiction play captive to these four recovering addicts. Their experience of heroin withdrawal is graphic and not pretty. Their collective and individual message is clear: STAY AWAY FROM PAIN KILLERS AND HEROIN. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement and death.