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“This Drug May Kill You” to bow on HBO

American premium cable net HBOwill air director Perri Peltz’s Warning: This Drug May Kill You later this spring. The film (pictured), which will enjoy its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, ...
April 10, 2017

American premium cable net HBOwill air director Perri Peltz’s Warning: This Drug May Kill You later this spring.

The film (pictured), which will enjoy its premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, shines a light on the role the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment have played in the rise of opioid prescriptions.

The 59-minute film will also provide an intimate profile of the families that have had a loved one succumb to addiction at the hands of such prescription painkillers as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.

Subjects featured in the film include a mother whose addiction took hold after a painful birth; a young man saved from an overdose once, only to succumb to another later that day; a young woman prescribed painkillers when injured by a fall, who eventually turns to heroin; and a young mother and struggling addict whose sister overdosed.

Sascha Weiss and Larissa Bills serve as producers on the film alongside HBO’s senior producer Sara Bernstein and executive producer Sheila Nevins.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You premieres May 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The film will also be made available across HBO on Demand, HBO Now and HBO Go.

A companion website on HBO.com will offer further resources including eight videos featuring medical experts, recovery and treatment options, and in-depth information on the opioid epidemic.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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