It’s Time to Talk About the Opioid Crisis as a Women’s Health Issue

At the beginning of the Oscar-nominated short documentary Heroin(e), centered on the town of Huntington, West Virginia, deputy fire chief Jan Rader speeds to a local pub, sirens blaring. By the time she arrives, a woman is already being wheeled out on a stretcher after overdosing in the bathroom. Not a minute passes before another call comes over the scanner: a second overdose, this time a 23-year-old who didn’t make it. This is an everyday reality for Rader, and she’s not alone. Across the country, as the opioid crisis continues to worm its way into rural outposts and cities alike, fatality rates are staggering: The epidemic claims as many as 115 Americans lives daily, according to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a newly published study recording a 30% increase in emergency visits for overdoses across all states between 2016 and 2017. The 39-minute Netflix Original, directed by Peabody Award–winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon, tracks the issue on an intimate scale, following three women as they confront the scourge of addiction in their hometown. It’s Time to Talk About the Opioid Crisis as a Women’s Health Issue

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