Documentary screening reveals America as the ‘land of the addicted’

NEWPORT, R.I. – “American Addict,” the documentary film depicting our nation’s frightening obsession with prescription pills and narcotics will be screened at Salve Regina University on Thursday, Feb. 27, and followed by a moderated discussion.

The 7 p.m. screening at Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Ave., is free and open to the public. The event is part of the Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square program.

Dr. Joseph Grady, Pell Center Senior Fellow for Public Policy, will moderate a discussion after the film, which unveils how America has gone from the land of the free to the land of the addicted.

According to film producers, America represents 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 50 percent of the world’s prescription pills and over 80 percent of the world’s prescription narcotics. And it is not a coincidence, they argue.

The film reveals the relationships between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, big pharmaceutical companies, physicians and the media that are in place to ensure that medical problems are treated primarily with pills. The horrific consequences that result from this practice result in overuse, abuse and unnecessary deaths, producers say.
 
Those interested in attending the screening are asked to RSVP to pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341-2927.