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Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jan Rader Jan Rader ... Herself - Deputy Chief, Huntington Fire Dept.
Patricia Keller Patricia Keller ... Herself - Judge, Cabell County Drug Court
Necia Freeman Necia Freeman ... Herself - Brown Bag Ministry
Najah Menapace Najah Menapace ... Herself
Scott Lemley Scott Lemley ... Himself - Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Huntington Police Dept.
Mickey Watson Mickey Watson ... Himself - Recovering Addict
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Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America's modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon shows a different side of the fight against drugs; one of hope. Written by Netflix

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English

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3 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Heroína(s) See more »

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Huntington, West Virginia, USA

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little moments and great bravery
12 February 2018 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Theres one small moment that says it all: in the convenience store as five EMS workers treat an OD guy on the floor, off to the right but not so far in the background, people continue to buy their sodas and the convenience store employee pays it zero mind (and the camera being there has nothing to do with it). This is business as usual, and it's not unlike how America also is looking at school shootings: just another fucking day in this country.

Although Heroin(e) may not show us too much more than any given (recent) episode of Intervention, the focus on these three women - the fire dept employee (an ex nurse who as she says will always have it in her to help people) and the drug court judge (far kinder than most judges id imagine) - makes it a unique and wholly important cinematic document of a crisis.


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