A Portrait of the American Opioid Epidemic
A mother tells the painful story of her son’s short life. He was a happy young man with unlimited potential who made a few questionable decisions that led him down a dark pathway.
Imagine living a life that feels like hell every day. Well, that’s the reality a surprisingly high amount of Americans are facing.
For the last few years the United States has been going through the worst drug crisis in its history. This is tearing families apart.
Each year more people die from drug overdose than from car accidents or gun violence. Approximately one in five high school seniors reports misusing prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime.
Few people are aware of the fact that over 90% of the world’s black market opium is produced in Afghanistan. Most of that opium ends up in the international drug market and the profits are used to fund organized crime and terrorist groups like ISIS.
By 2003, filmmaker David Graham Scott had been addicted to heroin and opiates for 20 years. To free himself of this lifetime of addiction, he decides to try a ‘quick fix’ and take the unlicensed drug, Ibogaine, that had been known to set users free from their addictions after enduring 36 hours of horrendous hallucinations.