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In his new documentary, An American Epidemic, filmmaker Michael De Leon emphasizes a couple of alarming facts about drug use in America. The use of heroin and prescription drugs is on the rise in what he calls “epidemic” proportions, and it crosses all demographics. After traveling 40 states to hear the stories of drug addicts across the nation, he emphasizes in his film what recent statistical evidence is revealing:
After spending 12 years in prison and two years in a halfway house, DeLeon became a drug counselor in Camden, N.J. When 23 of the kids in his rehab facility died within a 16-day period – three of him his own clients — he took the tragedy on the road, telling the story to anyone who would listen. Their stories became his Kids Are Dying documentary, which focused on shocking facts surrounding heroin and prescription drug use in New Jersey. He expanded the project at the suggestion of a national cable channel, who said that in order to broadcast the documentary, the film would need wider appeal.
Funding a national road trip on his own, DeLeon was shocked to find the extent of heroin and prescription drug use in America, and his film is a passionate call to action, focusing on prevention, advocacy and better insurance coverage for those afflicted with drug addiction. The film is currently available for private screenings and can be purchased at the movie’s website. Broadcast on a network channel is pending.