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.
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.