HBO Documentary Films is set to debut “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” on May 1, addressing the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic. The death rate has quadrupled since 1999, with nearly 100 people dying every day from opioid overdoses. That number is higher than death by car accident or gun homicide annually in U.S.
“From journalist Perri Peltz (HBO’s “Risky Drinking”), WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU tells devastating personal stories of families who have lost a loved one to an opioid overdose, all of them the result of addictions that started with doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet,” says HBO’s press release. “WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU takes an unflinching look at ordinary people whose lives turned on a dime after minor and major ailments led to the over-prescription of highly addictive opioids, which are often the gateway to heroin. The film shines a light on the role the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment have played in the alarming rise of opioid prescriptions.”
The documentary puts a face on this grave epidemic with harrowing pictures and cell phone videos exposing opioid addiction an its deadly consequences. “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” debuts exclusively on HBO on Monday, May 1 at 10 pm ET, and will also be available HBO ON DEMAND, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.
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