‘Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic’ Explores Poignant Stories of Addiction

News Release Date: 
June 4, 2018

For Immediate Release

Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic’ Explores Poignant Stories of Addiction

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 4, 2018) – Experts describe today’s opioid addiction epidemic as the worst man-made public health crisis in American history, and the statistics are staggering. More people die each year from an opioid overdose than die in automobile accidents.

The new three-part documentary “Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic” airs at 10 p.m. CT, Monday, June 18; Tuesday, June 19; and Wednesday, June 20, on NET ­– Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations.

The film explores the epidemic as seen by health experts, families, the government and law enforcement officials. Rural America was among the earliest and hardest hit by prescription opioid addiction and overdose deaths, and viewers will meet people, young, old, and in between, who relate their harrowing stories, struggles and victories.

Part one on Monday, June 18, examines the controversial pharmaceutical marketing campaign for opioids such as OxyContin and efforts by scientists to find better, safer drugs to combat pain. Part two on Tuesday, June 19, centers primarily on Kentucky, the ground zero of the epidemic where whole communities have been devastated. The final episode on Wednesday, June 20, follows the plight of millions of Americans who suffer from opioid addiction and face a rocky road to recovery.

“Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic” features poignant stories from recovering addicts and families; reveals the insights of leading doctors and law enforcement officers; reports the failure of drug companies to take appropriate responsibility for the crisis; traces what monies legislators have received; and focuses on those who fight back with effective, long-lasting treatment programs.


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