FRONTLINE’s “Chasing Heroin” produced by PBS, Sheds New Light on America’s Heroin Crisis
The two-hour investigation tells the stories of individual addicts and also illuminates the epidemic’s years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in the U.S. drug policy and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue and not a crime. The documentary educates viewers on the controversial alternatives to the criminal drug policy. FRONTLINE’s documentation of what is happening in Seattle, which unlike the rest of the country that continues to criminalize and prosecute drug users and dealers has a program that has turned police into social workers as Cops in Seattle have acknowledged that it’s a needless suffering and not a criminal act. Chasing Heroin features Seattle police, prosecutors, social workers and family members who champion the cause of heroin users with their love and care toward those in need of help, not prison or jail. Which is why FRONTLINE’s stand on the subject succeeds in recognizing the tragedy at the center of it all as it will take years to educate people with a system that treats users instead of punishing them. To see the full documentary Click Here.