Twin Cities PBS (TPT) is premiering a new three-part documentary series, co-produced with Mayo Clinic, to explore the opioid crisis in the United States. The series dives into education, prevention and solutions surrounding efforts to combat the devastating consequences of this national crisis. With a focus on Minnesota, the series looks at local community efforts, as well as shares insight from health care experts.
“The opioid epidemic is affecting one in three Americans. Today, you’re more likely to die from an opioid overdose than in a car crash,” said Halena Gazelka, M.D., a national expert on pain and opioids and an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic featured in the series. “With statistics like these, it’s imperative that we find solutions to this addiction that is derailing the lives of millions of people, while ensuring that we’re being good stewards for those seeking pain medicine.”
Episode one of The Opioid Fix focuses on an overview of opioids, how they impact the brain, and how we have found ourselves in this crisis. Part two digs into community involvement and its importance in combating this detrimental issue. The final installment revolves around hope for the future and the progress we are beginning to see in ending the epidemic.
“I’ve had the pleasure of sharing stories about important issues like childhood trauma, disability rights and local history, but raising awareness about opioid abuse in our own neighborhoods and around the country is a unique opportunity,” says Steve Spencer, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and producer of the series. “The epidemic can seem overwhelming, but there is hope. And, the series sheds a light on the efforts being made.”
Part one of The Opioid Fix is scheduled to premiere Sunday, October 27 on TPT 2 at 6:00 P.M. and TPT MN at 7:00 P.M., with parts two and three premiering November 3 and November 10 respectively. It will also be available for streaming on the PBS Video App and on tpt.org. Find a preview of the series here. The Manova Summit is also hosting a viewing of part one on October 15 at 7:00 P.M., followed by a panel discussion with Steve Spencer and Dr. Halena Gazelka, moderated by CBS reporter Jamie Yuccas.
“Manova is so excited to host the premiere of this important documentary,” said Mark Addicks, CEO of the Manova Summit. “There is no better place to share this compelling and relevant content than with the top leaders in healthcare.”
Find more information on the Manova Summit here.