EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDocumentary About Southern WV Prescription Drug Abuse Now Available
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jul. 1, 2013 5:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 3, 2013 4:29 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
It is touted as an unflinching look at rampant drug abuse in Southern West Virginia.
"The last thing you think of before you go to sleep at night is how can I get me a fix in the morning? And when your eyes first open up that morning that's the first thing you think of, is how are you gonna get it?" from the film "Oxyana."
Sean Dunne's documentary "Oxyana" takes you deep inside /southern West Virginia's prescription drug epidemic. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based director talked with people in Oceana and throughout Wyoming County about the realities and impact of oxycontin.
"This town and Wyoming County in particular struck me as a place that had a particularly bad problem, a high concentration of addicts," Dunne said. "But I think our travels around West Virginia and my travels around the country and the world, this is a problem that doesn't discriminate."
Reaction to Dunne's work has been swift and unforgiving. Wyoming County residents complained he was mischaracterizing the situation. However, most, if not all of the people criticizing Dunne had not yet seen the film.
Dunne said he understands West Virginians wanting to defend their home, but he insists the problem is real and must be examined.
"I'd say just keep an open mind," Dunne said. "I didn't set out to throw anyone under the bus or hurt anyone. This is purely, this is a film about a drug problem in a particular area and a particular area that's going through a pretty dark time right now. Just go into it with an open mind."
Dunne premiered "Oxyana" at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, capturing the award for Best New Documentary Director.
He has described Wyoming County as one of the most beautiful places he has ever seen, populated by many who have lost the will to live.
"I really do think that there's hope," Dunne said. "I really do in my gut think that's there's hope for this place and these people. And the hope is in the people. Wyoming County, Southern West Virginia, it's filled with great people with great hearts. There needs to be a little bit of a changing in the way we look at drugs as a society. Hopefully, this film will go towards that."
The movie is now available to watch on this website.
You can stream the film on your computer or tablet device, download it or purchase a DVD or Blu-Ray.
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