In one year, they’ve claimed the lives of more than 16,000 people in the United States. They’ve
stolen identities, broken families, and led to life changing addictions. And yet they’re likely sitting in
your medicine cabinet this very moment.
In the last 20 years, there has been a fundamental shift in the way doctors have been treating pain in
North America. Powerful pain killers known as opioids used to be reserved for treating the terminally
ill. But today, they’re at the center of a national health epidemic.
The results have been catastrophic. Every 20 minutes an American dies due to an overdose on
opioids. And for the first time in history, more people are dying from a prescription drug overdose
than a car crash as the leading cause of accidental death in North America.
We seek to answer some of the toughest questions surrounding this epidemic. How did these drugs
become so prevalent? Who is responsible? And most importantly: What can be done to stop our
youths from abusing these drugs?
In this powerful documentary, we speak with renowned experts, parents who have lost children, and
individuals who personally experienced the throes of addiction.
This documentary will inform you about the dangers of abusing opioids and how you can help
someone who is caught in the deadly grip of prescription drug addiction.