The Must Watches About the US Fentanyl Crisis - The Stratford Observer

The Must Watches About the US Fentanyl Crisis

Stratford Editorial 28th May, 2024   0

The fentanyl crisis has hit the USA hard, and is continuing to do so in what is one of the most heartbreaking and interesting problems the country has ever faced.

With major pharmaceutical companies being sued as a result of the tactics they implemented to sell the drugs, it’s become a hot topic amongst documentary makers and storytellers.

However, the issues are very real, with fentanyl far more potent than heroin. And while many people are still seeking heroin rehab, the numbers around fentanyl are far greater. Understanding the situation is so important as more people face difficulties with the drug, and across streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu there are some great watches that you really should put on.

So, if you would like to know more about the current state of play of the situation, as well as what’s happened before, here are five must watches…

The Trade (Showtime)

Showtime’s The Trade is one of the most powerful documentaries about the crisis out there. Directed by Matthew Meineman, the story goes behind the statistics, telling the personal tales of those caught up in the opioid crisis, with insight into those addicted, those on the front line providing healthcare and law enforcement, as well as deeper look into drug trafficking.

It’s an all-encompassing documentary that looks at the problem, how it’s trying to be combatted and what more can be done.




American Pain (CNN Films)

Sticking with documentaries, American Pain explores the rise of the prescription opioid epidemic and investigates the pharmaceutical companies and their aggressive marketing strategies that have caused so much damage.

It concentrates on the ethics behind their approach and connects the dots between prescription opioid misuse and the ongoing fentanyl crisis. It’s a real eye opener and one you really should look up on CNN films.


Heroin(e) (Netflix)

While not exclusively about fentanyl, Heroin(e) is a powerful short documentary that sheds light on the broader opioid crisis, of which fentanyl is a significant part.

Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, this Oscar-nominated film follows three women—a fire chief, a judge, and a street missionary—as they work to combat the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia. The film provides a poignant look at the community impact of opioid addiction and the tireless efforts of individuals trying to make a difference.

The Fentanyl Flow (Vice News)

Vice News has produced several compelling segments on the fentanyl crisis, and The Fentanyl Flow stands out for its in-depth investigative reporting. This documentary examines the international dimensions of the fentanyl trade, including how the drug is manufactured in China and distributed through Mexico into the United States.

By tracing the supply chain, The Fentanyl Flow highlights the global nature of the crisis and the challenges faced by law enforcement and policymakers in curbing the flow of this deadly substance. The film’s investigative approach provides a detailed understanding of the complex dynamics at play.

Dopesick (Hulu)

Dopesick is a miniseries based on the non-fiction book by Beth Macy, which explores the origins and impact of the opioid epidemic in America. While it is a dramatised account, Dopesick effectively captures the devastating effects of opioid addiction, including the rise of fentanyl as a deadly substitute. Starring Michael Keaton, the series portrays the interplay between pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and affected communities. Through its compelling narrative, Dopesick brings to light the systemic issues and human tragedies associated with the opioid crisis.

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