Wake Up To The Opioid Crisis
Set in Huntington West Virginia, a town is reeling in the midst of the worst opioids crisis ever. Netflix documentary Heroin(e) tells the compelling story of three women who combine forces to save the lives of those on the brink of self-annihilation. They help drug addicts to recover their lives, destroyed by their opioid addiction. Also, help them to get back to their normal, pre-addiction lifestyle. We need to wake up to the fact that most of these drugs are legal: prescription painkillers and opioids that almost anyone can access and abuse.
In less than 39 minutes, the film shows how Jan Rader (Fire Department Chief), Patricia Keller (Drug court Judge) and Necia Freeman (Street Missionary from Brown Bag Ministries), save hundreds of lives per year in their small city, while politicians and first responders across America seem to be caught flat-footed and unable to solve the growing opioids epidemic. Find out the top 5 ways drug addiction affects your life here.
It is typical of human nature that when a problem seems insurmountable. People will default to ignoring the problem until it goes away especially during a rapidly escalating crisis situation. Here Netflix captures the determination of the three women to do what they can, when they can, to help solve the opioid crisis in their city. And the result of their endeavours sends a positive message to cities everywhere.
The Netflix documentary Heroin(e) takes you along for the ride to actual drug overdose calls with first responders. And shows how the lifesaving drug Naloxone works almost instantly to revive those who have overdosed on opioids or other recreational drugs.
While most of the short movie is shot in the dark and foreboding streets of Huntington with gut-wrenching events taking place in full view of the cameras, the overall tone is one of hope and accomplishment. Not that the crisis is solved in Huntington or anywhere else by any means, but it shows how, with the right assets (Naloxone) and the right people, the opioid crisis can be managed and eventually come to its conclusion.
What is the Opioid Epidemic?
The following facts and figures help define the opioid problem:
- 52, 404 Americans overdosed and died in 2015 (1)
- 20, 101 overdose deaths due to prescription painkillers
- 12,990 overdose deaths due to heroin (2)
- Increase four-fold in the overdose death rate between 1999 and 2008
Of real concern is that these opioids are being prescribed for many preventable health concerns. Apart from cancer-related pains, many people are prescribed opioids for musculoskeletal pains such as chronic back pain, neck pain and headaches. In some cases, opioid prescriptions may be used and abused, resulting in addiction and overdose. The above figures show that more American’s overdosed on prescription painkillers than from heroin. We know that heroin is an illicit drug whereas prescription painkillers are legal and readily accessible.
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Natural health advocate and chiropractor, Doctor Omar Ayouby (Chiropractor), regularly sees many patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions and notes that in many cases, physical therapy would actually be a preferable treatment option compared to addictive opioids.
“Many people end up on the merry-go-round of painkillers and addictive medicines and this often leads to additional problems such as addiction and overdose. It is interesting to note that the efficacy of opioids in addressing chronic pain conditions is questionable”, commented Doctor Ayouby (Chiropractor).
Doctor Ayouby (Chiropractor) is referring to a recent study (one of many) published in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology that mentioned: “the use of opioids remains controversial due to concerns about side effects, long-term efficacy, functional outcomes, and the potential for drug abuse and addiction”(3).
Is there a solution in sight?
Tiny Huntington alone has so far, received 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills shipped directly from drug wholesalers – these are not illegal drugs. But merely prescription medications that hard-working, blue-collar workers with injuries sustained on the job can become easily addicted to in weeks or even days with improper (self) dosing.
This then is the story of Huntington’s workers. How corporate greed and political negligence has shaped the community, concomitantly forcing the blue-collar workforce to work ever-harder while risking physical injury and psychological illness. To cope with these modern stresses we see people turning to powerful pharmaceuticals that allow them to continue working through their physical and mental injuries. The downside of this is the addiction and the slippery slope. Also, leading to destroyed lives and families and a much-diminished community. Read more about how turning to a new hobby may help you recover from drug addiction.
If you’re a fan of no-nonsense documentaries, this riveting short film will fully inform you and help you gain valuable perspective on America’s opioid crisis.
Watch the Netflix Documentary Heroine trailer here: https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80192445
- Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — the United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1445–1452. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6550
- Rosenblum A, Marsch LA, Joseph H, Portenoy RK. Opioids and the Treatment of Chronic Pain: Controversies, Current Status, and Future Directions. Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology. 2008;16(5):405-416. doi:10.1037/a0013628.