American Meth
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American Meth

2008, Drugs  -   73 Comments
Ratings: 6.67/10 from 45 users.

American MethFilmmaker Justin Hunt leads viewers on a cross-country journey straight into the heart of the American methamphetamine epidemic in this illuminating documentary narrated by actor Val Kilmer.

Troubled by the proliferation of methamphetamine addiction in recent years, Hunt traveled from the arid planes of New Mexico to the inner-city squalor of Portland in order to explore the toll that the drug has taken on American families and show that it's never too late to try and rescue a loved one.

The voyage takes a decidedly personal turn as Hunt visits with meth addicted parents James and Holly, whose four children speak candidly about the effect their parent's addiction has had on their upbringing.

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Melanie skidgel
4 years ago

I fight this drug since was 27 years old now 47 i pray every day for recovery I hate meth

6 years ago

This is an excellent documentary. It clearly illustrates the systematic white privilege I learned so much about in college. High-five for pseudo-science!

9 years ago

If the producer of this documentary actually believed that James and Holly were clean during the filming of this documentary - or that they were able to kick this drug without ANY major side effects - or by "just saying no" - then the producer did not do his research before doing this project - bringing to the public false information and lies - because if his attempt was to educate and/or help others - then leading them to believe that overcoming this problem (impossible even for some) can be as simple as "just saying no" - or just quitting is not only BS - but offensive - If it were that easy - and if it were possible - then why is it such an epidemic in the first place? If someone could just wake up and decide - 'hey, I'm quitting today - I decided I love my kids' - then ALMOST EVERY ADDICT WOULD GET CLEAN! And believe me, Holly was on more than just pot - and James definitely wasn't not taking something - do you have any idea what the odds are (which you should if you did your homework before distributing this information) for James and Holly both to be able to kick the 'habit' - not relapse - stay clean for two weeks - and then a few weeks later find jobs - become great parents - and live happily ever after? Or just one of those examples being true for both James and Holly? PLEASE - if you plan to educate - especially about something this serious - DON'T ADD TO THE PROBLEM BY PROMOTING INCORRECT INFORMATION! Because - no one will take you serious - therefore no one (but you) benefits from this documentary! And the problem remains the same!

11 years ago

I wish there was more than just a preview here, we need to put more effort into these toxic killer drugs, these drugs have no place in anyones life.

12 years ago

Does anyone have an alternate link?

12 years ago

Seeing the baby get the milk out of the fridge was about the most depressing thing I've seen in a while.

12 years ago

35 YRS ON THE shit,I CANT go against myself now or take my life bacause of all my 1000's failures,just have to do the mainline walk,hold my head up,swallow my pride,be humble,and protect my child within along with my daily prayers asking for guidance,strength,hope,and patience because there's alot of programs out there ive been in 5 in 23 yrs plus jailtime,hospital time,tried movin out of state and have 8 attempted suicides to myself since i was 15 yrs ive got a fold3r now that i put together and have so many resources and contacts i need to call or go see,its like my nitemares i have always runnin and fighttin this evil essense and waking up on the floor ,cant breath,so many faces also but you cant recognize them their blurry im 51 yrs im f--kin tired,nobody calls,writes or even lives here now because of this immagration over throw that our own gov.has done,,,,,f--k it later,peace,

12 years ago

she named her kid "lala"? Actually that's kind of cute. Makes me feel less like a douche for wanting to name my kids "Sing" and "Echo".

Maybe i should just get some birds...

12 years ago

Pretty rubbish documentary. The main theme of it seems to be that taking meth is a bad idea and messes peoples lives up. Duh, like we didn't know that already. Would have been better had they tried to explore some ideas for different approaches to dealing with the problem. The current system of prohibition clearly doesn't work. I don't claim to have all the answers but think that simply locking up drug dealers and criminalising addicts doesn't actually make any difference.

12 years ago

LOL, it makes sense that Hitler did meth daily. but the rest of this doc was boring.

12 years ago

I find extremely interesting that people down others based on their decisions, yet I garauntee that most of you have done drugs yourself. Probably half of you are some form of alcoholics as well. Oh but alcohol is legal so that doesn't if! There should be documentary like this on here about what alcohol does to you, which is the same over time! Hypocrits!

12 years ago

I love the excuse "there is nothing to do" for taking meth. IMO this is the result of media convincing people that we have to constantly be entertained and live like rockstars. Just pathetic.

12 years ago

Stick to pot people, it cures cancer;-)

His Forever
12 years ago

Appearently Meth destroys everything (teeth, hair, skin, personality, morals, finances, reputation, judgment, and obviously BRAIN CELLS), but it appears it leaves billions and billions of sperm and egg cells unhindered to overpopulate the poorest and dumbest section of our society. That's really quite unfortunate. I truly feel pity for those poor kids. My two year old speaks in full sentences; that poor two year old girl didn't even speak a word even when sitting in ice cold slush on the sidewalk. :-( I'm glad that they got clean. I hope they stay that way.

And good greif! Isn't there even one chemical in Meth that isn't a costic solvent of some kind or another?!? That was truly scary! You must start out truly stupid to mix that stuff to make yourself even more brain-dead. I just don't understand the desire to even try meth!

12 years ago

Definitely gave me the fear!

12 years ago

LMAO! Once upon a time, I traveled to a strange and far away land called Minnesota. Long story short one time on a late night cheeseburger run I was stoned and my friends and I were hungry, we were waiting in the drive thru for like ever. Once we pulled up to the window the people were all high on meth or something and they got our orders all wrong & ripped us off on fries like some a holes & my stupid friends didn't check the order...

12 years ago

Meth is nature's way of controlling the white trash population.

12 years ago

Who is 'Pops'? Is it their dealer? Is he the woman's lover? Is he the dealer/lover? At one point the husband says he will scr*w pops? Is Pops a man or a woman? I don't understand :(

12 years ago

Damn this is depressing. Just another example of screwed up people having babies who in turn have more babies in an endless cycle of despair. This is only more reaffirmation of something I have believed for a long time: Having children is not a right, it is a privilege that should not be taken for granted or abused. You have to prove yourself worthy to get a driver's license & drive a vehicle but any one regardless of abilities & lack of functioning brain cells can have lots & lots of babies. End result? Bad crash! This sort of situation makes me so angry ... I am beyond words.

As for meth & drug addiction, well umm, ... I'm against it. Duh, Winning!
Seriously though, fortunately perhaps, I have little first hand knowledge or experience with this epidemic. All I can say is; the toll it takes on the lives of those effected is truly sad & disturbing.

12 years ago

Apparently "Benzedrine" as mentioned in this doc. was (given) to all troops during the wars.

Wonder what their drug of choice is now.

12 years ago

Hitler was a meth head & look how great his life turned out.

12 years ago

Yeah you'll lose weight on meth when bits start falling off you beginning with your hair and teeth.

12 years ago

Out of the gate ENTERTAINMENT? the logo at the beginning implys this is entertainment. Its a documentary about people with a serious problem. I think its distastefull to write that at the start of this film. Its not going to make me loose sleep but...

12 years ago

Sooo are they saying if I use meth I'll lose weight.........?
Or did i miss the point?

12 years ago

bring back LSD therapy