This is a full length (53 minute) film about Cape Breton Island and how, with the closing of mines and the introduction of widespread depression and poverty, an epidemic of prescription drug abuse began. It is called Cottonland, and was produced by the Canadian Film Board. It shows how this epidemic can come to define a community.
Tripping on LSD has defined Haight-Ashbury; meth has come to define small central valley towns. Let’s do what we can to keep our own towns from being synonymous with prescription drug addiction, not by hiding the epidemic, but by addressing the problems behind it.
Obviously, what drove addiction in Cape Breton Island–poverty, hopelessness– is not the same as what drives young people in Granite Bay, CA, a town with a median income of $120,000, which boasts that it has the state’s highest performing school district.
Could it be availability that’s the problem? This gets my vote.