Updated: Nov 1, 2017
With being awarded Greatest Community In America drown out in the background, how did the Netflix original series Heroin(E) portray Huntington's drug epidemic while emphasizing the positive attitudes of the first-responders and community leaders who continue to battle this after the camera crew packed up?
Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America's modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon shows a different side of the fight against drugs; one of hope.
"Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America's modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average."
"In this heart-wrenching documentary, a judge, a social worker and a fire chief do their best to combat the opioid epidemic in their West Virginia community." For most reading that description, "heart-wrenching" is just another adjective to describe a film (with little if any compassion behind its placement), but for those who reside in this community those two words weigh the heaviest as we see this everyday.
The Do-Gooder's Respons(E)
Taking action is part of what it's all about to be in the "Do"Gooders. Being realistic with our role in the fight against a country wide epidemic is very important to the success in the role we play. We understand that what we bring to the table is more awareness and support based. After watching the documentary and brainstorming, ideas began to stack up! With some behind the scenes work still to be done before we announce the initiative, we encourage you to check back very soon, as we're working diligently to see even a small gesture such as this come to fruition in this "heart-wrenching" road to recovery here in Huntington. Check out the trailer below and leave comments in response to how you feel it was portrayed by Netflix, and how having the outside perspective can benefit us as we reflect on ourselves as a community moving forward.