Opioids from Inside

Opioids from Inside

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 3:00pm - 3:30pm

WORLD Channel releases on Facebook this film that follows the journeys of three women whose lives have been forever changed as result of their addiction to opioids.

Public television’s WORLD Channel is committed to offering a national platform, online and on broadcast television, for important local journalism. As part this on-going effort, and in partnership with WXXI and Blue Sky Project, WORLD Channel is releasing on Facebook a new documentary, Opioids from Inside on April 9th at 3pm ET on Facebook.com/worldchannel, worldchannel.org and in the PBS App.
 
Opioids from Inside follows the journeys of three women whose lives have been forever changed as result of their addiction to opioids. Two of the women have spent time in Monroe County Correctional Facility in Rochester, NY, and one is still incarcerated there, but all are now in recovery.  The film examines the difficult path to sobriety for Iris, Lisa, and Stephanie, and takes a deep look at the terrible effects of their addiction on their families and communities. 
WXXI produced Opioids from Inside as part of a collaboration with two other public media organizations, Oregon Public Broadcasting and Ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio, that is creating a series of reports on the opioid crisis in their local communities.  WORLD Channel signed on as co-producer of this half-hour documentary, providing funding and editorial support. 
“It is shocking that almost everyone has a story about a family member, friend or work colleague touched by the addiction crisis. We have a vital role to play in keeping this before the public and in helping direct people to resources to deal with the epidemic of addiction,” said Norm Silverstein, President of WXXI. 
According to WORLD Channel Executive Producer Chris Hastings, the channel was already committed to a focus, in April, on incarceration in America.  “Many of the films we’re showcasing this month present stories of prisoners re-entering their communities after jail. Opioids from Inside provides a fresh and different view of this critical issue, joined with new reporting on America’s addiction crisis.” 
Hastings says the new film also highlights a unique part of WORLD’s mission: “I’m pleased WORLD Channel can present and amplify the remarkable local journalism that is happening across the country.  Opioids from Inside builds on our record of past collaborations with Detroit Public Television and other independent filmmakers and local public media groups.”  
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