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HBO Tackles the Opioid Epidemic

Apr 11, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Pay-cable channel HBO locked in plans for a project examining the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S. The documentary “Warning: This Drug May Kill You,” from HBO Documentary Films, is set to premiere Monday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The film is directed by journalist Perri Peltz, who also was behind HBO’s “Risky Drinking.” The new project “tells devastating personal stories of families who have lost a loved one to an opioid overdose, all of them the result of addictions that started with doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet,” HBO says in its announcement.

“Also featuring harrowing pictures and cellphone videos, the documentary puts a human face on the epidemic of U.S. opioid addiction and its grave consequences,” HBO adds.

Please click here for additional details, including a breakdown of some of the personal stories told in the doc and a look at the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the epidemic.

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