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Title Dateline : Prescription for Addiction - America's Painkiller Epidemic.

Published Australia : SBS ONE [broadcaster], 2015 April 14 at 21:30:00.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 streaming video file (26 min. 54 sec.) ; 161894862 bytes
Notes Closed captioning in English.
Summary Staten Island in New York was the one of the first areas of modern American suburbia... now it has one of the worst prescription drug problems in the US. Opioids now cause more deaths than any other drug in the United States, more than 16,000 in 2010. For many it started with painkiller prescriptions for legitimate illnesses and for many quickly became an addiction to opioid drugs. Dateline looks at the painkiller abuse that's now reached epidemic levels in the US, and could also be heading for Australia. "I knew people that were just going to doctors, multiple doctors, and getting crazy amounts of pills," former addict Danny Haley tells Dateline video journalist Aaron Lewis. But when authorities cracked down, heroin addiction quickly took its place. Aaron finds that getting hold of heroin in Staten Island is not only cheaper than sourcing opiate-based painkillers, but as quick and easy as ordering a pizza. It's left addicts dead, families divided, and lingering questions over whether some doctors and pharmaceutical companies have been acting in their patients' best interests.
Audience Classification ACMA.
Other author Lewis, Aaron, reporter.
Brennan, Bridget, contributor.
Conway, Jeff, contributor.
Crupi, Barry, contributor.
Crupi, Candace, contributor.
Didonna, Marco, contributor.
Haley, Danny, contributor.
Hunt, James, contributor.
Kelly, Gerard, contributor.
Velez, Wilfredo, contributor.
Vitale, Kayla, contributor.
Subject Drug abuse -- Patients.
Drug abuse -- Prevention.
Drugs -- Prescribing.
Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation.
Heroin abuse.
Opioid abuse -- Treatment.
News and Current Affairs.