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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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