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Opioids Epidemic: How I Became A Heroin Addict

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Catalogue Number:  600669
Producer:  Human Relations Media
Subject:  Guidance, Health and Medicine
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2016
Running Time:  20
Closed Captions:  Yes


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With approximately 28,000 overdose deaths a year it's very clear that America has a serious opioid problem. Add to that the recent sudden death of megastar, Prince to a Fentanyl overdose and the dimensions of the problem only seems to get worse. This video and print package looks at the opioid epidemic through the eyes of 4 recovering, young addicts Jesse, Peter, Cindy and Sam. By revealing their stories, viewers will learn how quickly and easily it is to transition from pain killer pills to shooting up heroin. The young users talk about how they stole money from their friends and family members to get enough money to feed their habit. Jessica admits that she sold her body. Two of them Peter and Sam attempted suicide. They also talk about hope—hope to not use again—hope to get through the pain of detox, and the hope of a better, sober life ahead.

Video and print curriculum delivers a strong no-use message.

Includes Resource Guide.


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