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Three one-hour episodes exploring the causes of the opioid epidemic, its devastating effects and programs redefining the treatment and recovery process.

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"In a clear and engaging way, this passionate and disturbing film traces the origin of the worst man-made epidemic in history. By learning how it happened we are left better equipped to respond and better equipped to prevent future disasters. It should be required viewing for anyone interested in tackling the opioid addiction epidemic."

Andrew Kolodny The Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University/Executive Director of PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing)

Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic

“On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.”

Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic sheds light on why opioid addiction is receiving ever-greater media attention. The opioid epidemic is mainstream news but not enough attention is given to the growing need for recovery support programs as opioid overdose fatalities drastically increase.

Working closely with Dr. Andrew Kolodny and PROP (Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing), Do No Harm exposes how this catastrophic man-made public health crisis began.

Filmed in the opioid epidemic ground zeros of Seattle, Kentucky and New Hampshire, the film features poignant stories from recovering addicts and families with losses; reveals the insights of leading doctors and law enforcement officers; reports the failure of drug companies to take appropriate responsibility for the crisis; traces what monies legislators have received; and focuses on those who fight back with effective, long-lasting treatment programs. Narrated by Golden Globe®-winning actor Ed Harris, the 90-minute feature unravels the unintentional web of co-conspirators and sheds light on the suspicious circumstances that have led to the opioid crisis.

Do No Harm Screening Events:

  • Spark discussion and community dialogue
  • Raise public awareness
  • Encourage public policy advocacy
  • Inspire and promote calls to action
  • Support organization benefits





Show Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic at community centers, campuses, educational institutions, libraries, places of worship, correctional facilities, museums and more. Here’s how to get started:

1. Consider how you and your organization would benefit from a screening event.

2. Determine who your target audience will be and how you will reach them.

3. Invite prospective co-hosts, sponsors, organizations and businesses in your community to support, collaborate, conduct outreach and share organizing tasks with you.

4. Select a date, a time and venue for your screening event.

5. Purchase a Public Performance License from Media Policy Center and receive a DVD of Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic within 2 weeks.

6. Promote your screening. Spread the word through your members, family and friends. Send eblasts and emails; post on social media; distribute flyers and posters; make phone calls and contact local media outlets. Share the film trailer.

7. Consider inviting speakers, key leaders and persons affected by the opioid epidemic to participate in a discussion or Q&A after the screening.

For more information or to discuss this process further contact: Kathleen@mediapolicycenter.org

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