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Bitter Pills.
Prescription Drug Abuse.
Item No.: BI04
Price: $79.00
22 minutes.
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Bitter Pills

While most drug abuse has declined prescription drug abuse continues to climb. Prescription drugs cause over 40% of emergency room drug overdose admissions, and the number of young people abusing tranquilizers alone, went up by 50% in just one year. These drugs are readily available, often as close as a family medicine chest, and they are seen as “safe” because doctors prescribe them, and they can be purchased from the “family-friendly pharmacy.”

Bitter Pills takes an unflinching look at the lives being devastated by the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Recovering addicts – many of school age themselves – tell how they got hooked, and how prescription drug abuse ruined their lives, leading to jail, rape, overdose and the deaths of those they loved. A district attorney describes the legal consequences that await those caught with illicit prescription drugs, especially those bought on the Internet. Drug counselors, themselves recovered addicts, expose how dependence and tolerance can lead to addiction and a fatal overdose, then tell how to get help. This honest, forthright documentary takes you the streets, and is hosted by a popular hip-hop artist. And will have a powerful and lasting impact on all who view it.


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