Oxyana Highlights Dangers Of Prescription Drug Abuse
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05-31-13 Category: Drug Rehab

New documentary OXYANA won an award at this year’s Tribeca Film Fest. The film highlights the dangers of prescription drug abuse, told through the lens of Oceana, West Virginia where prescription pill addiction has become common, everyday life.

Part of the plot reads that Oceana, a once-thriving mining community deteriorated because “Greed that lead to over prescribing pharmaceuticals that lead to addiction then lead to poverty, lawlessness, and hopelessness.” OxyContin took over all locals. Everyone in this town of 1,372 people takes OxyContin.

Miners Turned Drug Dealers

This town is the home to previous miners who are now dealing drugs, to pregnant women selling their bodies for pills, and to a population of people who no longer care about living.

The movie is showing the majority of America, and the world, how one part of our collective population is living. It is shocking to think of choosing that life, and of passing that down to your kids.

Dangers Of Prescription Drugs

Sean Dunne directs the film, highlighting the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The American Dream is questioned. Where did the United States go wrong?

How has a nation of addicts and alcoholics, willing to create a pill to treat the side effects of another pill, gotten to this place?

People Who Need Treatment

People who do need treatment are turned away because they don’t have the right health insurance. Rehab is expensive and the medical world has become a business. Pharmaceutical companies house the money, but are not held responsible for what the pills are doing to people.

Without formal treatment, addiction and alcoholism get worse all the time. They are progressive diseases like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.


Will the new documentary, OXYANA force some much-needed attention onto the dangers of prescription drug abuse? Could one film alter the way addiction is prevented, viewed, and treated? Maybe the pharmaceutical industry is the next to get caught and required to change their ways, and healthcare,and substance abuse treatment will benefit those needing rehab the most.

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Post by: Marissa Maldonado

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