Smack in Suburbia: America’s Heroin Crisis

Published on 24th February 2017 by

A half hour BBC 3 episode, India Rakusen travels to Ohio which is in the grips of a major heroin epidemic and the drug has become a part of everyday life. She visits a normal looking town called Avon Lake, population 23000, which is a predominantly white middle-class American town but is seeing a large number of people addicted to drugs and dying from overdoses.

Heroin and Opiate abuse killed more people in the first six months of 2016 in Lorain County than in the whole of 2015. The heroin epidemic has been caused primarily by the prolific prescriptions of Oxycontin, a powerful and addictive painkiller. Patients become hooked on Oxycontin and then replace it with cheaper street heroin when their habits become too expensive to maintain, another great documentary to cover the new American heroin epidemic is Heroin: Cape Cod, USA.

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