Bitter Pill

Staten island is adrift at the center of America’s prescription painkiller epidemic. Here the death rate due to drug overdose is three times the American average. More people now die of a drug overdose than die in a car accident. Young and old; rich and poor; all now considered at risk of becoming just another name on a death certificate. This is the story about how a harmless looking little blue pill can tear even a small and tight knit community like Staten Island apart.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this story, including all those in recovery, as well as Alicia Reddy for her extensive support. Original Music by Ian Sarver, & White Trash Clan.