This NOVA documentary produced by WGBH for PBS examines how easy access to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and even prescription medications like OxyContin has fueled an epidemic of addiction—the deadliest in U.S. history.
Now, science is revealing how addiction affects the brain, and top experts are gathering evidence about how we should address our drug problem, from embracing evidence-based treatments, to rethinking public policies. Watch the full documentary below:
Following the screening will be a panel moderated by Miles O’Brien, National Science Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Panelists include: Sarah Holt, Producer, Director, Writer, Addiction; Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld and Mary Winnefeld, Co-Founders of SAFE Project; Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Corey Waller, principal at Health Management Associates and chairman of the Legislative Advocacy Committee for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); and Martin H. Rosenzweig, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Optum Behavioral, UnitedHealth Group. See photos from the event here.
This screening is made possible in part by the National Archives and National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of UnitedHealth Group, and by NOVA, through the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.