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Oxyana (2013)

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The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America.

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Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town that has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft and murder. Soon its own residents had nicknamed the town Oxyana and it began to live up to its reputation as abuse, addiction and overdoses became commonplace. Oxyana is a harrowing front line account of a community in the grips of an epidemic, told through the voices of the addicts, the dealers and all those affected. It is a haunting glimpse into an American nightmare unfolding before our eyes, a cautionary tale told with raw and unflinching honesty. Written by Anonymous

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The songs featured in the film's soundtrack, performed by John McCauley (of the band Deer Tick) and Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), were recorded over 5 days in the living room of Jonny Fritz' house (aka The Fritz Carlton) in Nashville, TN. See more »

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A beautiful portrait of a horrible situation.
21 September 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I'm from Sweden to start with, so seeing these images about an out of control drug situation is very unfamiliar experience. It shows the basic human individual level experiencing the drugs effects, from current users to moms and from lawyers to friends. And it's a very sad picture that's being painted. Many fighting for their lives or rather the meaning of it, and they can't seem to get a grasp on what to do. But there it stops. And it keeps on pounding us with interviews, as a previous commenter noticed, and it doesn't lead anywhere. Ecxept maybe shining some light on this "local" problem. And sure, with that being the producers intention , then they did a good job.

For me, it fails to dive into the bigger picture. Every individual is responsible for their own actions in the end. And trough awareness and love most problems can be fixed by that individual. But we have another big problem here, an elephant in the room. And that's the pharma-industry that's lurking behind this, making BILLIONS on making people addicts every year. Never mind these "drugs" are being sold on the streets "illegaly" and turning peoples lives into a living horror. They're sold LEGALLY to people who know nothing better about true natural health, also making them addicts in the process. And the documentary misses to point out that entirely. It's a societal problem, not just local... even if it's a hard pill to swallow for some.

And let me just say to people living there and maybe reading this. Such a wonderful place you have! What nature and surroundings! That alone should be sufficient for the youths to find activities in! And there's a lot of room for business(hiking canoing etc) and local farming also i would assume. Use the nature but don't exploit it. Become active and start groups who focuses on making your town as self-sufficient as possible, and keeping the people involved so they may find a way out of the bad spiral. If you think the government will save you think again. If you take a look at the rest of America then you'd understand. Like the mother said to her son in the movie: "i can't do it for you, only you can." Sums this up well.

With love and friendship.


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