“We now find that these medicines are much safer, much more powerful, much more versatile than we used to think and we feel that they should be used much more liberally for people with chronic pain.” – Dr. Alan Spanos (in a commercial from the 1990’s)
Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jul 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Disturbing look at how opiate addiction has become so prevalent in the US largely due to claims by manufacturers that it isn’t an addictive substance.
My Take on it – This is a documentary that really opened my eyes to so much information and statistics that I never knew about beforehand.
They do a great job explaining the fallacies of the drug companies and subsequently normal doctors that has ended up costing so many people their lives.
The stories told here are quite moving and can easily shed tears especially since we can easily see how and why these unexpected addictions came to be.
I especially appreciated the way that they took the time and care to give us some brief updates on some of the stories since there is usually quite a bit of lag time between the filming and the release of this film.
Not an easy film to watch, but definitely an important one!
Bottom Line – Quite a moving documentary that really shows us the dangers of opiates. The fact that these drugs were seen as being nonaddictive by physicians and other medical personnel would cause many people to unwittingly become addicted to them. The stories presented here are quite heart-wrenching and this is not an easy film to watch. Knowing that it takes time after filming before a movie like this is released, I liked the fact that they gave us some updates on the people’s lives following the filming. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film is an eye-opening look at a terrifying epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families. (From HBO.com)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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