Three to four people die each day in Massachusetts as a result of the opioid crisis, so much so here in Barnstable County, we’ve developed the odious nickname, Cape Nod. Documenting the epidemic to a national audience, there’s a new film airing on HBO called Heroin Cape Cod by Oscar winner Steve Okazaki. While he says he’s trying to humanize his subjects and indict the drug companies, here on Olde Cape Nod the reaction is decidedly mixed; many people feel the film exploits young addicts and, in spite of innovative local efforts to fight the problem, leaves audiences feeling hopeless.
Talking about the film, and the opiate epidemic, are a former high school teacher and her student, who has a surprising take on how to handle the problem.
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