It will shock you. It will educate you. It will give you hope. On October 17th, the new PBS series Addiction premiers – and it could very well change your life.
Not only will you hear first-hand stories from people struggling with addiction, you’ll also learn about cutting-edge work of dedicated doctors and scientists who are determined to prove addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition.
5 Reasons to Watch Addiction on PBS
While we’re clearly excited for the premier of this new series, you might be wondering ‘Why should I tune in?’ With that in mind, here’s a list of five reasons every American should watch Addiction.
- #1 Overdose is the number one cause of death for people under 50.
Alarming statistics like this one should cause Americans to sit up and take notice. Our country is in the midst of a crippling crisis of addiction. Opioids alone are killing more than 42,000 people each year. The number of overdose deaths we’re seeing right now is equivalent to a full-flight Boeing 747 crashing in America…every single day. Just let the gravity of that sink in for a minute. Pretty scary, isn’t it?
- #2 Addiction is treatable.
With so much devastation, it might be easy to throw our hands up in defeat and turn our backs on those struggling with addiction. But, addiction is a very treatable illness. People recover from addiction. As the PBS series points out, “The only thing you can’t recover from is death.” With this in mind, we must get past the stigma and work toward offering access to proven treatment methods that will bring people back from the brink of destruction. No one is unreclaimable.
- #3 A super-toxin has hit the streets.
Fentanyl. It’s a powerful, fast-acting painkiller that is 100x more potent than morphine. Abused, this substance is a deadly toxin that is taking out thousands of Americans each year. In 2016, fentanyl was involved in nearly 50% of opioid-related deaths. Learn from this series how poisonous batches of this drug are keeping first-responders on constant call.
- #4 A parent’s worst nightmare is to find their kid not breathing.
Too many families are pretending everything’s okay…when it isn’t. Few families in America remain untouched by addiction in some way. Parents are losing children. Children are losing parents. People of all ages, all races, and all socioeconomic statuses are succumbing to addiction. We’re watching our loved ones die, and we need to learn more about what’s going on and what we can do to stop it.
- #5 We’re facing a dangerous cocktail of biology and medicine.
Our brains are hardwired to seek pleasure. Our medical advances have made a wide variety of substances available that offer this “pleasure.” Too many people find themselves in a downward spiral as biology and medicine mix to form deadly addictions. Learn what doctors are discovering and how their research can help those struggling with addiction.
Don’t miss it: Addiction will air on Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on PBS, premiering October 17th.
Additional Reading: Here’s How the NIMBY Attitude Crushes Recovery Expansion
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