Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is the worst man-made public health epidemic in American history. It cost the United States an estimated $504 billion in 2015. Drug overdoses killed more people in 2015 than HIV/AIDS at its peak in 1995.

Every year, we lose more people to opioid addiction deaths than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. Between 1991 and 2011, painkiller prescriptions in the U.S. tripled from 76 million to 219 million per year, and as of 2016 more than 289 million prescriptions were written for opioid drugs annually. 

Dark Wire saw success in 2018 with the documentary Not In Vein. We must not stop here but continue to educate the American people on the dangers of this horrendous epidemic. Target audiences include college students and federal law enforcement.

Dark Wire has already been contacted by six major colleges / universities asking us to bring the film to better educate their student body population on the dangers of the opioid epidemic. Our goal is to make this film available to more than 500 campuses in 2020 reaching 18 percent of each student body and getting them to pledge to spread the word to their peers. 

Sara A. Carter, along with other specialists and families in the film, also plan to visit college campuses to provide question and answer sessions as part of our plan to educate the public. 

Dark Wire wants to work closely with federal law enforcement agencies to get the documentary placed nationwide as an educational tool and it has already been recognized by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. It will help bring public awareness to this epidemic that is killing and addicting our children. 

Dark Wire believes there is still a need to develop even more documentaries on this epidemic. Our goal is to develop a three to five-episode documentary series on this crisis that will be aired on a network or streaming service such as Netflix.

Policy Goals: 

• Become a reliable source for members of Congress. 

• Become a reliable source for the Executive Branch. 

• Become a reliable source for state officials. 

Marketing Goals: 

• Develop awareness and credibility with the national news media. 

• Develop awareness and credibility in the blogosphere. 

• Develop three to five-episode documentary series.

Our Reporting On The Opioid Crisis

MA City Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts filed a lawsuit on July 30 against opioid manufacturers and distributors The lawsuit seeks to “hold opioid manufacturers and distributors accountable for the substantial damages the City has suffered, and will continue to suffer as Read More …

Massachusetts: Construction Workers 6X More Likely to Die from Opioid Related Deaths

The Boston Herald reports that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has found that individuals with “dangerous” jobs were more likely to die from opioid-related overdoses. The overdoses are linked to prescriptions meant to treat work-related injuries and affect Read More …

Woman Believed to be Overdosing Gives Birth in Burger King Toilet

Earlier this month, a woman believed to have been overdosing on heroin gave birth to her baby in a Burger King bathroom in Chillicothe, OH, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. Police officers found Elizabeth D. Sanders sitting on the toilet Read More …

Opioid Prescriptions Increased After DEA Placed Restrictions on Them

The amount of post-surgery opioids in prescriptions actually increased after the DEA placed restrictions on the distribution of the drug, hydrocodone, according to the Washington Times. After the DEA classified hydrocodone as a more restrictive “Schedule II” drug in 2014, researchers Read More …

CLONE Cincinnati Sees 1,000 Percent Increase in Synthetic Opioid Deaths

Over the past five years, Hamilton, County, OH has seen a 1,000 percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioid use, according to a report by WCPO. Dr. Jennifer Mooney with the Cincinnati Health Department said that street drugs, such as cocaine, are Read More ...

Cincinnati Sees 1,000 Percent Increase in Synthetic Opioid Deaths

Over the past five years, Hamilton, County, OH has seen a 1,000 percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioid use, according to a report by WCPO. Dr. Jennifer Mooney with the Cincinnati Health Department said that street drugs, such as cocaine, are Read More ...