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Warning: This Drug May Kill You

2017 ,    »  -   4 Comments
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Produced by HBO Documentary Films, Warning: This Drug May Kill You is a harrowing portrait of four families in crisis. They've all fallen victim to the ravages of opioid addiction, an epidemic that has decimated entire communities all across the United States.

Prescription opioid abuse has escalated rapidly among all races and classes. The epidemic began with the full-throated support of the pharmaceutical and medical industries. Initially, opioids were promoted as non-addictive solutions for chronic pain, and doctors were encouraged to prescribe them with great frequency. We witness the damning evidence of this early on in the film through publicity materials produced by Purdue Pharma in 1999. "Less than 1% of patients taking opioids actually become addicted," the company's spokesman insists. Today, even Big Pharma can't deny the damage wrought by their disastrous propaganda.

At the age of 16, an Illinois teenager was prescribed Oxycontin for painful kidney stones. She soon developed an intense addiction. When her pill habit became too expensive to maintain, she turned to heroin. After tremendous struggle, she managed to kick her addiction for a sustained period of time and rebuild her life. Her sister, who felt compelled to follow in her footsteps from an early age, wasn't so fortunate.

Another profile features a mother who was first prescribed opioids after her third difficult pregnancy. Once beloved for her driven and fun-loving nature, the drugs soon transformed her into a shadow of her former self. She fought through eleven separate rehab stays. Her doctors continued to fuel her addiction with greater quantities of prescriptions. Eventually, she succumbed to her disease. Her lifeless body was discovered by her children.

Additional portraits feature an upper middle class family who buries their son following a fatal heroin overdose, and a father fighting to overcome the death of his daughter from a similar fate.

Stories like these are becoming more common with each passing day. Warning: This Drug May Kill You is populated by tales of overwhelming loss and grief, and every memory these families share feels emotionally resonant and relatable. In the process, the film also urges for greater awareness among families and medical professionals alike.

Directed by: Perri Peltz

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4 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Carlos spicywiener

    Yawn, another opioid drug story with no solution or even a mention of solutions or ibogaine.
    This wasn't really a documentary.

  2. koko

    Ibogaine isn't working for some persons

  3. john

    I don't get while they call these "Top" Documentary films. They are rarely good or well done.

  4. Last viewer

    I done Dilaudid for about 4 to 7 months in 2007 after a pretty bad disk hernia.
    There was a big cartilage chunk in it.
    I needed about 8mg/day to beat the pain while standing up when I came back to work gradually.
    I stopped when I went in China (A little while before the Olympic games) because of the risks entering China with such pills. (New government but "Who knows", hum ?
    I got warned by my boss that such a long trip could bring problems.
    It was a work accident...
    Anyway, the new bottle of about 30 or 30 pills stayed in my kitchen cupboard.
    Didn't touch it until a second disk hernia relapse later on in 2008.
    Took some more Dilaudids, same dosage for about 4 to 7 months again.

    I think Dilaudid is the exact same molecule as morphine hydrochoride from "Mother nature" while "Oxycontin" or most if not all the other products are synthetic products created by human beings.
    What I mean here is - Take what you need but don't play games with mother nature.
    And above all, remember that Mother nature do have to state her proven efficiency like humans do in pharmaceutical R&D.
    Except for peoples with a terminal disease or course !
    My thoughts.
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