Pain Killers

Tracking the Prescription Drug Epidemic


In one year, they’ve claimed the lives of more than 16,000 people in the United States. They’ve stolen identities, broken families, and led to life changing addictions. And yet they’re likely sitting in your medicine cabinet this very moment.

In the last 20 years, there has been a fundamental shift in the way doctors have been treating pain in North America. Powerful pain killers known as opioids used to be reserved for treating the terminally ill. But today, they’re at the center of a national health epidemic.

This documentary will inform you about the dangers of abusing opioids and how you can help someone who is caught in the deadly grip of prescription drug addiction.