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The Film

The Opioid Trilogy is a series of three short animated documentary films examining the demand-side of opioid addiction through recorded conversations between those in recovery and a member of their family or concerned other--a brother and his sister; a psychiatrist and the therapist he trained; and a young adult and his mother. The series will address the human and personal toll of addiction, while dispelling some of the most damaging tropes of both addiction narratives and the rehab and recovery industrial complex. 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2019 and there is evidence the pandemic is making that number climb again. To address this public health emergency, we need to redefine the disease of addiction as a chronic one and shed light on those who are transforming the recovery process, while making room for those with substance use disorders, especially opioid use disorders, to reenter society.