Debra Gonsher Vinik made the decision to make a documentary about the opioid crisis about four years ago, in the face of what little she knew was going to be an increasing horror show in terms of the number of deaths caused by opioid use. She also wanted to highlight women, who were almost never mentioned in media coverage of the crisis’s devastating effects. Over 200,000 women have died as a result of the opioid crisis since 1999.

On this episode, Duane and Debra take a deep dive into her new documentary, Attention Must Be Paid: Women Lost in The Opioid Crisis. Addiction is so stigmatized that the idea of women coming forward is a big thing. These brave women featured in the documentary have put aside any concern about other people’s perception of them so they can speak their story truthfully in order to help other women. Hopefully, female audiences who watch the film can also relate and feel that, after all, they’re not alone. 

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The psychological dependence on opioid addiction
  • The story of a mother who didn’t want to film
  • The most explicit recipe for tragedy
  • The story of two women from different walks of life

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