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Three women fight to break the cycle one life at a time.
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Cast overview:
Jan Rader Jan Rader ... Self - Deputy Chief, Huntington Fire Dept.
Patricia Keller Patricia Keller ... Self - Judge, Cabell County Drug Court
Necia Freeman Necia Freeman ... Self - Brown Bag Ministry
Najah Menapace Najah Menapace ... Self
Scott Lemley Scott Lemley ... Self - Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Huntington Police Dept.
Mickey Watson Mickey Watson ... Self - Recovering Addict


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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A film that humanises the opioid crisis
15 October 2019 | by sushmitghoshSee all my reviews

Heroin(e) is a film that succinctly underlines why we need more women in positions of leadership, across the world. This Academy nominated short follows three women - a fire-chief, a judge and a missionary - as they fight an escalating drug crisis in a region dubbed the overdose capital of America. Among the many interesting moments, there's one where one of the women faces resistance during a town meeting, where she's asked to justify why she is saving the lives of people who are seen as a burden to the community. Her response really underscores the humanity of this film and almost becomes an allegory for the hope one needs to carry in times when the world is seemingly falling apart. While the film is shot on the go and the moving camera can give you a bit of a headache, it's still a beautiful ode to the power of what it truly means to be human.

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12 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Huntington, West Virginia, USA

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