OVERDOSED, a feature-length documentary, is set in the small town of Petersburg, West Virginia, a rural community tragically impacted by the opioid epidemic sweeping the United States. OVERDOSED shares the stories of various community members, with particular focus on the experiences of former drug dealer, Bre McUlty, who also served as co-producer on this project. Growing up in a home torn apart by drugs and forced to survive by any means necessary, her story offers hope that recovery is possible.
After serving four years in federal prison, much of it in solitary confinement, Bre kicked her addiction and transformed her life. As she guides viewers through the region, she weaves her personal story with that of local victims, former addicts, drug dealers and law enforcement personnel, all key to shedding light on rampant corruption in the health care industry. OVERDOSED shines a spotlight on Dr. Rajan Masih, a local doctor sentenced to four years in federal prison for over-prescribing opioids, and the DEA agent, Guy McCartney, who raided the office of his illegal operation and took him down. The arrest led McCartney to the doorstep of drug giant McKesson, one of Pharmaceutical’s “Big Three,” which stands accused of “pill dumping” in West Virginia by oversupplying a local pharmacy and looking the other way as an entire generation became opioid addicts.
At the nexus of this American tragedy: Who are the true drug dealers? Big Pharma? Doctors? Or street suppliers? OVERDOSED explores how poverty drove so many people to become pill pushers and addicts, and the role Big Pharma distributors like McKesson played in exploiting the physical pain and hopelessness of working class people, which translated into billions of dollars in corporate profits.
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