Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
SHowing Tuesday, OCtober 17th
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY STEVEN OKAZAKI
An HBO Documentary
"An unvarnished look at the heroin epidemic sweeping America's small towns and communities, focusing on eight young addicts in idyllic Cap Cod, Massachusetts. Heroin does not discriminate between families - it can happen to anyone."
"Heroin: Cape Cod USA is a gripping documentary centered around the heroin epidemic on Cape Cod. It has helped focus new attention on the power of addiction and the toll it takes on addicts, their families and their communities. Directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Steve Okazaki, this film follows eight young adults through their desperate world of addiction. The subjects are as frightening in their normalcy as the graphic scenes themselves os these 20 year olds talk openly about their singular quest for heroin. Opiate-related overdose deaths have quadrupled in the U.S. since 2001. In 2014, Massachusetts had more than 1,250 deaths from heroin overdose; today, 85% of the crimes on Cape Cod are opiate-related."
SPECIAL GUEST: BERTHA MADRAS, PHD
of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School is one of five national experts to serve on the President’s Commission to address drug addiction and the opioid crisis. She is a professor of psychobiology in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. Nominated by George W. Bush in 2005, she served as a former Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the White House office of National Drug Control Policy. Madras has authored over 130 scientific papers and book chapters. She is the recipient of 19 patents along with her collaborators.
is Co-Producer of Heroin: Cape Cod USA and founder of A Measure of Light, a multi-media production and consulting company. King is a documentary filmmaker who also servers as a social impact producer, consultant in media and communications strategy, and public health specialist. She has a BA in History from Mt. Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where she also served three years as a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
is featured in the film as one of the parents in the Parents Supporting Parents group. She is now a co-facilitator and plays an active role helping other parents on their journeys living with addicted children. Linda’s son, Corey, has struggled with addiction since he was a teenager. He is now in Phase 2 treatment at Lakeshore Retreat. Linda was born and raised in Bourne, MA and has an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University as well as a Masters in Education from Fitchburg University.
is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope, a non-profit organization created to address education, resources, awareness and advocacy surrounding the opioid crisis. Joanne sits on the Governor’s Special Commission to study addiction treatment centers and was a recipient of the Advocate for Action award from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2015. Recognized for her outstanding work, Joanne was Senator Markey’s guest at the State of the Union address that year. With a son in long-term recovery, Joanne understands the challenges of addiction all too well.
is featured in the film as one of the eight young adults stricken with addiction. Colie is 27 and was born and raised in Stoughton. She started using when she was 12 and was addicted to opiates by the time she graduated high school. Colie graduated from Massasoit Community College, and at age 20, found heroin. She has been homeless, jobless and emotionless but found recovery at age 24. She currently lives in her own apartment on the South Shore. She attends 12 step meetings and is an active member in the Falmouth recovery community. Her purpose in life is to share the gift of recovery with others