Reach for Me: Fighting to End the American Drug Overdose Epidemic

Interview with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta of Project Lazarus and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Reach for Me: Fighting to End the American Drug Overdose Epidemic

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"Reach for Me" calls attention to the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. Of particular interest is the situation surrounding the overdose antidote called naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist long-used for reversing the effects of opioid overdose.…


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"Reach for Me" calls attention to the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. Of particular interest is the situation surrounding the overdose antidote called naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist long-used for reversing the effects of opioid overdose. “Reach for Me” explores the interconnected issues of naloxone pricing and production shortages, public funding support (or more often lack thereof), and other factors affecting access to overdose prevention tools. It features interviews with leading experts and advocates from around the country, including California, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin. 

Our goal is to use Reach for Me as a platform for building awareness, understanding, and support for overdose prevention programs. To that end, over the next couple weeks we'll be rolling out a short (c. 3 minute) version of RFM, working to mobilize action through dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages (@reach4us), and making RFM and various other overdose-related films freely available on DVD. On this site we'll also be posting the full interviews with the nearly 30 people who participated. Stay tuned!

The film was directed by Greg Scott and produced by Matt Curtis and Erin Scott, with an assist from Eliza Wheeler, and was produced under the aegis of Sawbuck Productions. We'd like to thank everyone involved, and especially the Open Society Foundations for their financial support and the Harm Reduction Coalition for allowing us to film during their excellent biennial conference in Portland, OR in November 2012. 

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