or


[04/10/17 - 12:14 PM]
HBO Documentary Films' "Warning: This Drug May Kill You," Putting a Human Face on the U.S. Opioid Addiction Epidemic, Debuts May 1, Exclusively on HBO
The film 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.

[via press release from HBO]

HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS' "WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU," PUTTING A HUMAN FACE ON THE U.S. OPIOID ADDICTION EPIDEMIC, DEBUTS MAY 1, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

With nearly a hundred Americans dying everyday from opioid overdoses, the U.S. currently faces the worst drug epidemic in its history. More people die from opioid overdoses annually in the U.S. than from car accidents or gun homicides, a number that has quadrupled since 1999.

From journalist Perri Peltz (HBO's "Risky Drinking"), WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU 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. 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 when it debuts MONDAY, MAY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The documentary will also be available on HBO ON DEMAND, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.

WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU takes an unflinching look at ordinary people whose lives turned on a dime after minor and major ailments led to the over-prescription of highly addictive opioids, which are often the gateway to heroin. The film shines a light on the role the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment have played in the alarming rise of opioid prescriptions.

A companion website on HBO.com will offer a rich resource experience with information on recovery options, including medication-assisted treatment, and on where viewers can find help in their communities.

Subjects featured in WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU include: a mother whose addiction took hold after a painful birth; a young man saved from an overdose once, only to succumb to another later that day; a young woman prescribed painkillers when injured by a fall, who eventually turned to heroin; and a young mother and struggling addict whose sister overdosed.

Among the segments:

A mother of three, Wynne was prescribed opioids after a painful C-section. Ex-husband Britt remembers that as she became addicted, "Doctors were just throwing pills at her [and] she became a totally different person." In 2008, with Wynne in her tenth rehab facility, Britt filed for divorce. Though Wynne, who shared custody of her children, made an effort to be in their lives and appeared to be getting better, a bout with kidney stones found her leaving the hospital flush with pain meds. Her teen sons found her in bed the next morning, an overdose victim.

Teenager Brendan was prescribed opioids following surgery to remove a cyst; four years later, addiction claimed his life. His parents, Brian and Gail, had supported his efforts to get clean. Fresh out of rehab, however, Brendan overdosed, and was revived by Narcan - a drug that can reverse heroin overdose, but often leaves addicts more vulnerable. Unaware of the withdrawal symptoms he was facing, Brian and Gail were devastated to find their son collapsed in his bedroom, having overdosed again, this time fatally.

David and his wife, Judy, are still reeling a year after the loss of their daughter Georgia to an overdose. Her story is all too common: After suffering a back injury, Georgia was prescribed heavy painkillers, and soon graduated to heroin. On Thanksgiving, David found Georgia comatose in the living room, with a syringe nearby.

Suffering from kidney stones at age 16, Stephany was treated with Dilaudid, Oxycontin and Vicodin. She ended up sharing the pills with her older sister, Ashley, and when their supply was abruptly cut off, both turned to heroin. Stephany vowed to get clean after Ashley fatally overdosed, but the process has been difficult. With her mother's support, Stephany enters "A Way Out," a 30-day state-sponsored rehab program involving local police departments.

At the root of this epidemic are major pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue Pharma, which launched an aggressive campaign in 1996 to promote widespread use of opioid pain meds, claiming they were not addictive and were safe for longterm use. In 2007, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to lying about the risk of addiction to OxyContin, paying one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in U.S. history. Yet OxyContin and other opioids remain a multi-billion-dollar industry, with more than 250 million prescriptions written every year.

HBO.com will provide viewers with additional resources, including eight videos that feature such medical experts as Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health, and offer in-depth information on the background of the epidemic, treatment options and state responses to the epidemic, among other topics.

WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU was directed by Perri Peltz; produced by Sascha Weiss; producer, Larissa Bills; editor, Geof Bartz. For HBO; senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.





  [april 2017]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[09/25/18 - 03:42 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night in Households, Viewers and All Key Male and Adult Demos
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, September 24.

[09/25/18 - 03:13 PM]
FOX Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Animated Comedy "Bless the Harts," To Air During the 2019-2020 Season
The voice ensemble includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz.

[09/25/18 - 11:30 AM]
Binge the New Season of CBS All Access' "No Activity" Beginning Thursday, Nov. 22
The show's second season debut marks the first time CBS All Access has released an entire season of an original series at once.

[09/25/18 - 10:42 AM]
Grammy(R)-Nominated Artist Lil Yachty to Star in "How High 2" - Sequel to Iconic Stoner Film Set to Premiere on MTV in Spring 2019
Lil Yachty plays "Roger, an entrepreneur and the younger brother of one of the protagonists from the original film.

[09/25/18 - 10:10 AM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Relives an American Scandal with "The Lost Tapes: Clinton Impeachment"
The latest installment airs Monday, October 29 at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/25/18 - 09:30 AM]
CBS Television Studios Extends Overall Deal with Robert and Michelle King for an Additional Three Years
"We couldn't be more delighted to continue our relationship with the fantastic people at CBS Studios," said Robert and Michelle.

[09/25/18 - 08:21 AM]
"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" to Air Live on Midterm Election Night Tuesday, November 6 at 11:00 PM ET on Comedy Central
This marks the eighth time "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" has aired live.

[09/25/18 - 08:19 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Opens Season on Top with "The Voice," "Manifest"
The Peacock kicks off the 2018-19 season in front among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[09/25/18 - 08:01 AM]
TV One's True Crime Mondays Premieres Mid-Season Return of "For My Man"
In its fourth season, the series features the salacious and shocking stories of women convicted of crimes committed in the name of love.

[09/25/18 - 07:32 AM]
"Making a Murderer Part 2" Launches Globally October 19
Netflix presents the highly-anticipated second chapter of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original documentary series.

[09/25/18 - 06:34 AM]
Iconic Sports Journalists Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer to Provide Commentary and Analysis for "Thursday Night Football" on Prime Video in More Than 200 Countries and Territories
Prime Video customers can choose between the FOX broadcast with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, and three separate Prime Video exclusive audio streams.

[09/25/18 - 06:31 AM]
CMT Honors Country Music Icon Loretta Lynn with "Artist of a Lifetime" Award Presented by Ram Trucks at This Year's All-Female "Artists of the Year" Celebration
Sissy Spacek will bestow the award to Lynn, who joins previous recipients of the honor including Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015), and Merle Haggard (2014).

[09/25/18 - 06:30 AM]
Music Icon Mariah Carey and an All-Star Collaboration from benny blanco with Halsey & Khalid Announced for the "2018 American Music Awards"
Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, Awards," the world's largest fan-voted awards show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9 on ABC.

[09/24/18 - 12:02 PM]
Video: "Strange Times" - Stand Up Comedy Special Trailer - Netflix
Joe Rogan's new stand-up comedy special streams October 2 on Netflix.

[09/24/18 - 12:01 PM]
"The Sentence," A Searing Look at the Consequences of Mandatory-Minimum Sentencing for One Family, Debuts Oct. 15 on HBO
Rudy Valdez's directorial debut draws on hundreds of hours of footage to tell the story of a Michigan woman who was sentenced to 15 years for crimes committed by her late boyfriend, following a family in crisis as it struggles to obtain her release.