Is big pharma to blame for the opioid epidemic? Screening in Encinitas of "Do No Harm" investigates
In a joint effort, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-San Diego Chapter and True North Recovery Services, an outpatient addiction treatment center in Encinitas, CA are cohosting a showing of the documentary "Do No Harm" on July 11th, 2018 at the historic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, CA.
Immediately following will be a panel of experts and stakeholders from the San Diego community as well as Harry Wiland, the director and producer of the film.
Once upon a time, even among drug users and those with severe substance use disorders, heroin was "off limits" to most. It was a drug that was only used in the most impoverished areas of the country or by celebrities who had somehow had their souls darkened by the limelight and the creative tortures that coursed through their veins. So how did we come to a place where the predominant group that is dying from heroin overdoses is now middle class America? How did our star athletes and kids whom had never missed choir practice end up hooked, homeless, and entrenched in the most routinely morbid of all of the drugs that are commonly misused in the United States?
This is exactly what producer and director of "Do No Harm", Harry Wiland set out to capture in his stunning documentary on this very topic. His film shows us several areas of the country that have been decimated by the per capita death tolls. Places that do not fit our conception of a "drugged up America." When did Kentucky become an epicenter for heroin related deaths? More importantly, how could this have even happened? Wiland explores the impact of opioid prescribing, advertising, and diversion in this film. Yes that's correct, the greatest man-made epidemic in history, the one that killed more people last year alone than the entire Vietnam war, was scratched out in bleeding ink onto prescription pads by those who have taken a sacred oath to "Do No Harm."
To bring light and community awareness to this epidemic, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-San Diego Chapter and True North Recovery Services, an Encinitas based program for the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders, are doing a special screening of the documentary "Do No Harm" followed by a panel of experts and stakeholders in the fight against this epidemic. The film will be aired at the historic La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, CA on July 11th, 2018. The doors will open for the event at 5:30 pm and the film will begin at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available online for $10. Immediately following the film the panel will begin. The speakers for the panel are listed below:
Harry Wiland, Director and Producer of "Do No Harm"
Summer Stephan, San Diego District Attorney
Roneet Lev, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine for Scripps Mercy Hospital
Lexi K., an Advocate and Youth in Recovery from addiction
Kansas Cafferty, LMFT, Chair Elect of the National Certification Commission of Addiction Professionals at NAADAC and Executive Director at True North Recovery Services
With an ever increasing death toll, incredible legislative inertia to solve the problem, and enormous community misunderstanding, this film and this event are a call to action to members of the community to get involved on every level. It is our hope that the great citizens of San Diego will embrace the scope of this problem through seeing this film and hearing from the wonderful speakers we have lined up for you, and will come to see that they too can get involved. That they are not powerless, but instead are influencers, agents of change, and could be lifesavers.
"Do No Harm unflinchingly exposes the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of the current opioid epidemic, while also compassionately probing the suffering of its victims...who include not only those who have died or become addicted to opioids, but their grieving parents and orphaned children left behind." Anna Lembke, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University Medical Center
To see a trailer for the film click here.
Kansas Cafferty, LMFT