n 2016, 64,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses. That number was driven largely by an epidemic of opioid abuse. Communities all over the country are losing friends and family members to this crisis at a terribly high rate. I know this firsthand, because I grew up in one of these places: Somerville, Mass.

Almost a year ago I began thinking about how to tell the story of what happened to my circle of friends. I hoped that by examining how the drugs took hold in my hometown, I could illustrate how the same thing can and does happen everywhere. The new STAT documentary, “Runnin’,” includes candid and thoughtful interviews with friends who lost family members and others who abused opioids themselves.

“Runnin’” also examines the role pharmaceutical companies played in promoting the prescription drug OxyContin and downplaying the risk of addiction. Nearly every friend of mine that battled opioid addiction started with OxyContin and progressed to more dangerous but chemically similar street drugs like heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.


We will be releasing the film in full in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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  • Thieves and swindlers. “We’re not bad people, it’s the drugs that make us like that” Yeah go home and drink a bottle then smack your wife around and blame it on the booze and then consider yourself not a bad person, brilliant. These people are fucking fried. Need to take a little accountability. The rest of us struggle just to make ends meet and we don’t need these fucking zombies among us. We all have our problems I just don’t care about yours.

  • Okay, I will agree opioid abuse is possibly real, but all this hype is hurting the real sufferer, literally. I have severe arthritis and persons like me are wondering what this means for us. Are we going to be stripped of the only thing that allows us a little semblance of a life. Worries like this are causing much anxiety.

    • That’s the chemical telling your brain and body that nothing else will help you. There are other options , a lot more options ! From a mother of an opiate addict and chronic hip pain. There are other options than opiates. Merry Christmas!

    • Tanya, thank you for your interestin “Runnin'”. Right now the documentary makers are planning future screenings and do not have plans for an online version at the moment.

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