Inspire by Example
Catalogue Number: CC0000
Producer: Chris Cull
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Character Education, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2016
Running Time: 60
Closed Captions: Yes
A documentary about the prevalence of prescription drug abuse in Canada, and the effects of addiction on users and their loved ones.
Addiction is a disease, and that disease is progressive. For Chris Cull, his disease lead him to hit rock bottom. From here, he made the decision to move forward. In the summer of 2014, Chris bicycled 8000 kilometres across Canada from Victoria, BC to St. Johns, Newfoundland to spread awareness and document stories of prescription drug use and how it has affected Canadians across the country.
At the age of 22, triggered by the loss of his father, Chris turned to prescription medication to numb the pain. He narrates his experience of turning into a person he never thought possible. From lying and stealing, to pushing away those that mattered most in his life, Chris felt that hitting that all time low was a real wake up call. It was at that point he decided to set out on a road to recovery.
Many people living with addiction are diamonds in the rough – we need to be able to see beyond what’s on the surface and remember that prescription drug abuse not only affects the user, but simultaneously those around them: parents, siblings, co-workers, friends, partners, grandparents – the list goes on. With this documentary, Chris, now a nationally recognized speaker and mental health advocate hopes to spark a nation-wide dialogue on an increasingly prevalent and serious issue.
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