An Odyssey of Ignorance & Greed, Do No Harm: Opioid Epidemic

An Odyssey of Ignorance & Greed, Do No Harm: Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Part one of a three-part series that exposes how this catasrophic man-made public health crisis began.

The Opioid Epidemic is the worst man-made epidemic in the history of our nation. More people die each year from an opioid overdose than in automobile accidents. The statistics are staggering. This episode traces how an aggressive pharmaceutical mass marketing campaign for the new drug OxyContin misled doctors and the public into our current crisis of death and addiction. The FDA and healthcare organizations became co-conspirators in endorsing long term use of opioids despite no scientific proof they were non-addictive. An Odyssey of Ignorance & Greed, part one of the three-part series Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic airing Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, shows the direct link between prescription opioids and heroin addiction. It spotlights experts, journalists, and public health crusaders combating the special interests and informing the world. Meanwhile, scientists search to find better, safer drugs to combat pain.  As the U.S. becomes more aware of prescription opioid dangers, Big Pharma now takes their dangerous marketing campaign to third world countries. And the battle continues.

This program is part of New York's Opioid Crisisa week-long programming collaboration between WXXI and PBS stations across New York State designed to raise awareness about the opioids crisis and share information and resources with the public. New York's Opioid Crisis runs Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 21.

Watch Trailer:

DNH Episode # 1 Odyssey of Ignorance & Greed 30 sec Promo from Media Policy Center on Vimeo.

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