Investigating an American Crisis
This in-depth examination of America’s heroin crisis—referred to as the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history—shares the raw stories of four addicts, examines the role of big pharma, and explores the benefits of treating drug addiction like a public health issue rather than a crime. Revealing interviews with addicts, parents, physicians, social workers, and government officials paint a picture of a swelling epidemic that kills more than 27,000 Americans each year, fueled by the popularization of opioid painkiller prescriptions despite their highly addictive nature. Note: depicts drug use. Grades 10 and up. English with English subtitles. Color. 120 minutes. WGBH. ©2016.