ABC’s 20/20 to Air “Breaking Point: Heroin in America”
March 11, 2016 – Tonight at 10:00 p.m. EST, ABC News will air a special 20/20 episode entitled “Breaking Point: Heroin in America”. Anchored by David Muir, it addresses the troubling increase in overdose fatalities in New Hampshire.
The episode profiles several families. In one, a couple each reacts differently to rehab, and in another, both a mother and her newborn are drug dependent.
Undoubtedly, NH has been one of the states most hardest hit for opioid and heroin addiction. Indeed, the problem has been in the news a lot lately. It’s become such an epidemic, that finally even Congress is addressing the issue and approving funding for widespread treatment and prevention.
Last fall, CBS’ “60 Minutes” did a story on drug use in Ohio. Additionally, in December, HBO aired a documentary which looked at Cape Cod, MA. Most recently, in February, PBS’ Frontline aired a two-hour special “Chasing Heroin” on the pandemic.
In the special, Muir says that all the attention is a good thing, and can help the addicts and their families who are battling the problem. And it is just a normal part of life now in NH, that ABC News was compelled to ask the presidential candidates during the debates about their plans to address it.
Filmed over the course of a year, time was spent with an emergency patrol as they were called to the scene of a heroin addict passed out driving his car in a busy interaction. Ironically, the man who called the police had lost his son to heroin.
In a middle school in Manchester, pre-teens are taught by paramedics how to administer naloxone, the anti-overdose drug for opioids that is saving lives. Muir noted that almost of of the children he interviewed had seen used needles or other evidence of heroin abuse.
“When you realize that nearly everyone you meet has been touched by the drug in some way, that’s really eye-opening,”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology