Please join us for a screening of the documentary film, Prescription Thugs, a personal/cultural look at the opiate crisis in America: the major players and the devastation, as 59,000 Americans die annually from painkiller overdose.
What: Free Screening of Prescription Thugs
When: Monday, February 19th, 7-9pm
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s), side rear entrance off Municipal parking lot (see map below)
What Else: Ample parking. Light refreshments. Wheelchair access.
A Distinctly American tragedy
“”In many countries in the world — most of Asia and Africa — one can buy all the opioids one wants from any local pharmacy, without a prescription. You might suppose then that opioid abuse as a mass epidemic would be a global phenomenon. Yet we don’t see opioid epidemics anywhere but America — especially not ones so vicious and widespread they shrink life expectancy. [bolding mine] So the “opioid epidemic” — mass self-medication with the hardest of hard drugs — is again a social pathology of collapse: unique to American life. It is not quite captured in the numbers, but only through comparison — and when we see it in global perspective, we get a sense of just how singularly troubled American life really is.”[Source]