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Beyond Opiates

This video presents a fresh perspective on the science of pain and how it influences recovery from opioid dependency. The content focuses on a new paradigm for understanding chronic pain, showing how the extended use of prescription painkillers increases the sensitivity of the nerve cells thereby magnifying pain (hyperalgesia, hyperpathia, allodynia.) Interviews with recovering addicts and treatment professionals illustrate the challenges opiate addiction creates and presents a message of hope and encouragement for clients to examine recovery in light of this new view of treating dependency and pain.


Beyond Opiates - The Evolving Science of Pain and Addiction - A Graphic Novella

Adult   33 min.   2013   DVD-419


Beyond Opiates: The Evolving Science of Pain and Addiction – Graphic Novella

This graphic interpretation of the information presented in our film "Beyond Opiates" provides easy to understand and relatable information about the science of pain and opiate addiction. With 40 hand illustrated pages, it is a perfect tool for educators and treatment providers seeking an engaging and entertaining way to introduce people to the science of opiate addiction. The novella demonstrates the information from our feature film "Beyond Opiates" in an easy to understand and accessible format that will educate and open pathways for discussion. Some of the topics featured include natural pain relievers vs. pain killers, tolerance and hyperalgesia, withdrawal and PAWS, understanding craving and more.

40 pages   2015   B-419 

Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict - available online

In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.

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High School/Adult   49:08 min.   2016  DVD-5068

High School/Adult
Cocaine and Heroin: Still Here, Still Deadly (cc)

I was 15 the first time I tried it. I was at my girlfriend's house. These words, spoken by a real teen in recovery, set the tone for this powerful video which recounts the stories of two teens that became ensnared in the dangerous and all-too-common worlds of cocaine and heroin abuse. Both teens describe step-by-step how they were sucked into trying the drugs for the first time, how they became addicted, and how incredibly difficult it is to recover from their addictions. Their harrowing testimonies will resonate with viewers and impel them to steer clear of cocaine and heroin. Program includes strategies for recognizing the dangers and avoiding these destructive drugs. A special section detailing the dangers of "starter heroin" is presented with a strong no-use message.

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Grades 7 - College              21 min.             2007                 DVD-5010

Grades 7 - College
Drug Education for Teens/Heroin & Other Opiates, v. 6 (cc)

People have grown opium poppies for thousands of years, but not because they're pretty. Powerful drugs called opiates come from these plants. Opiates are among the most potent painkillers known to medicine, but when they are misused the consequences can be illness, addiction and death. In Heroin & Other Opiates, students learn how highly effective pain relievers such as morphine and codeine work in the brain and body, while getting an in-depth look at the dangers of one of the most widely used illegal drugs in the world -- heroin. Tolerance, physical dependence and the horrors of addiction are discussed along with the harsh facts about withdrawal and the long-term effects of opiate abuse.

Grades 7 & up           23 min.         2003            DVD-76   Spanish Language Track

Grades 7 & up
Heroin Rising: Cheap, Addictive and Deadly (cc)

Teen heroin use is on the rise again. Heroin use can result in significant health problems including overdose and death; and, if sharing needles or other injection equipment, exposure to HIV, hepatitis C, and other diseases. SAMHSA reports, "heroin is a highly addictive opiate with a large potential for abuse. It is a danger to teens, resulting in serious psychological, social, educational and legal consequences." This program interviews recovering teen heroin addicts to tell their cautionary stories...When, how and why did they start taking heroin? What damage did it do to their bodies and lives? How hard is it to stay clean? How many friends have OD'd on heroin? Drug abuse counselors add their advice and guidance on how to avoid this deadly drug.

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Grades 7-College   19:23 min.   2014  DVD-5040

Heroin: a Dose of Reality

Takes a hard look at the world of heroin addiction. 2005 CINE Award Winner: Best Documentary. This documentary contains serious content and some graphic images. These are not actors. These are real people with real stories.
Adult                 42 min.                 2005                DVD-136

Heroin: The Hardest Hit (cc) - Classroom Version

Attorney General Mark R. Herring is proud to present Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful documentary on the heroin and prescription drug epidemic and its effects on Virginians. The film examines the epidemic from all angles with Virginians sharing their own stories of addiction and overdose, testimony from parents who lost their children to an overdose, and insights from law enforcement and public health professionals who are working to address the crisis.   Contains Spanish subtitles.


High School/Adult   31:14 minutes   2016   DVD-5078

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High School/Adult
Narcotic Misconceptions - A Video of Weymouth MA

Narcotic Misconceptions, a new documentary about opiate addiction in Weymouth, MA and across the South Shore. While the town is still dealing with devastating addiction problems, filmmaker Nick Martel sorts through the complex struggle of addiction and shows how communities can work together to fight and prevent OxyContin and heroin abuse. The film features interviews with doctors and public officials about the physical and social cost of addiction, as well as reflections from parents who’ve dealt with their childrens’ struggle, and a woman who had been in the throes of addiction while living in Weymouth. Like the documentary itself, the stories are honest and straightforward. One of the most powerful messages? The stigma attached to addicts and their families is fueling the problem by keeping it in the dark.

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High School/Adult   82:39 min.   2012     DVD-5048

High School/Adult
Opioid Use in Pregnancy: A Community’s Approach, the Children and Recovering Mothers (CHARM) Collaborative
This webinar features the Children and Recovering Mothers (CHARM) collaborative based in Burlington, VT. CHARM is a multidisciplinary group of agencies serving pregnant women with opioid dependence, their infants and families. Discussion centers on services provided and collaborative practice elements across systems at multiple points of intervention – prenatal, birth, and postpartum. 
Adult     1:26:42 min              Published on Jul 24, 2015 (YouTube)
Opioids Epidemic: How I Became a Heroin Addict (cc)

The CDC reports 28,000+ overdose deaths this year from opioids overdose. It is very clear that America is in the grip of a serious opioids epidemic. This video and print package looks at the opioids epidemic through the eyes of four recovering young addicts: Jesse, Peter, Cindy, and Sam. By sharing their stories, viewers will learn how easy it is to transition from prescription painkillers to shooting up heroin. The young users talk about the devastating personal toll of their addiction and its impact on their families and their communities. They also talk about hope—hope to not use again, hope to get through the pain of detox, and the hope of a better, sober life ahead.

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Grades 7-College   22 min.   2016   DVD-5079

Grades 7-College
The Overdose Epidemic: What Can Be Done to Stop It? (cc)

The spike in drug overdose is alarming and dangerous—it has become an epidemic in many communities across the country. Why is this happening? This program takes a hard look at drug overdose from three points of view—an ER doctor, a pharmacologist, and several teens who have overdosed and lived to tell about it. Viewers learn the most lethal drug overdose happens when users combine various drugs that can cause almost instant death. The program includes vital information on how to recognize drug overdose in others and how to get immediate help.

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Grades 7-College   20 min.   2015   DVD-5090

Grades 7-College