American Addict

Synopsis: Riveting look at the politics, big business and the medical industry that has made America the most prescription-addicted society in the world. America is less than 5% of the World's population but consumes 80% of the World's prescription narcotics. We have gone from being the land of the free to the land of the addicted.
Director(s): Sasha Knezev
Production: Synergetic
 
IMDB:
6.9
Year:
2012
98 min
18 Views

YOU KNOW. THERE ARE DRUGS IN

THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE CLASSIFIED

AS LEGAL AND OTHER DRUGS THA ARE CLASSIFIED AS ILLEGAL.

AND FOR SOME PEOPLE. ALL I NEEDS TO BE LABELED IS LEGAL.

AND IF YOU HAVE A DOCTOR IN

PLACE. A DOCTOR'S AN AUTHORITY

FIGURE WHO HAS THE. YOU KNOW,

ABILITY TO PRESCRIBE DRUGS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL LIKE.

"WELL. IF A DOCTOR PRESCRIBED

IT. IT'S FINE."

BUT IF WE LOOK AT SOMEONE

LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON--WHO IS

PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON

ON THE PLANET AT THE TIME THA HE DIED--HE WAS GETTING DRUGS

SUCH AS PROPOFOL OR DIPRIVAN.

THIS IS A MEDICATION THAT IS

USED IN AN OPERATING ROOM.

SHOULD NEVER BE USED OUTSIDE OF

AN OPERATING ROOM.

BUT HE WAS TAKING PAIN PILLS.

HE WAS TAKING PILLS FOR ANXIETY.

PILLS FOR SLEEP.

AND IT'S SORT OF AN

INTERESTING QUESTION WHY--

YOU KNOW. ARE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

LESS DANGEROUS THAN ALCOHOL

AND CIGARETTES?

SOMETIMES. BUT SOMETIMES NOT.

WE'VE TURNED THE CORNER ON

DRUG ADDICTION IN THE

UNITED STATES.

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS STARS

IN HOLLYWOOD HISTORY IS DEAD

AT 36.

MARILYN MONROE WAS FOUND DEAD IN

BED UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES THA WERE IN TRAGIC CONTRAST TO HER

GLAMOROUS CAREER AS A COMIC

TALENT.

I'M GONNA GET I 'CAUSE I'M A FIEND

SELL THE DEVIL MY SOUL

TO GET ME WHAT I NEED

GET ME A FIX:

GET ME BACK INTO THE ZONE

I SAID. "WE NEED AN AMBULANCE

AT GRACELAND.

YOU SHOULD GET SOMEBODY

REAL QUICK."

RIGOR MORTIS HAD SET IN. AND SO

I TURNED HIM OVER REAL QUICK.

I PULLED UP HIS PAJAMA BOTTOMS.

AND HE WALKED IN. HE SAID,

"ELVIS IS GONE."

TRIPLED UP ON EVERYTHING

I'M NOT BREATHING RIGH IT'S GOT A HOLD ON ME

AND IT MIGHT SEIZE MY LIFE

FLOWERS. CANDLES, NOTES.

THESE ARE ITEMS FOUND LEF OUTSIDE OF THE MANHATTAN

APARTMENT WHERE THE BODY OF

OSCAR NOMINATED ACTOR

HEATH LEDGER WAS FOUND.

POLICE SAY PRESCRIPTION PILLS

WERE FOUND NEARBY.

AN AUTOPSY PERFORMED WEDNESDAY

WAS INCONCLUSIVE.

WELL. WE HAVE A--

A GENTLEMAN HERE THAT NEEDS

HELP. AND HE'S NOT BREATHING.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE HAD

BEEN A PROBLEM FOR JACKSON FOR

YEARS.

JACKSON FAMILY ATTORNEY

BRIAN OXMAN TELLS US WEEKLY.

"I WARNED THEM.

THERE IS THE MISUSE OF

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS BY

PEOPLE WHO WERE ENABLING HIM."

IT ALL REALLY STARTED IN 1972

WHEN RICHARD NIXON COINED THE

PHRASE "THE WAR ON DRUGS."

BUT IT'S PRETTY CLEAR AT THIS

POINT THAT WE HAVE LOST THA WAR. AND THAT WAR WAS REALLY

DEALING WITH ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE.

YOU GOT TO PUSH:

IN MY HAND:

THAT WON'T LET UP

HIGH STAKES:

I'M GONNA GET I 'CAUSE I'M A FIEND

SELL THE DEVIL MY SOUL

TO GET ME WHAT I NEED

GET ME A FIX:

GET ME BACK INTO THE ZONE

JUST ONE MORE TRIP

UNTIL MY MIND GETS BLOWN

LEAVE ME ALONE:

PRESCRIPTIONS FOR

THE SHIT I'M ON

GOT ME LOOKING:

LIKE THE LIGHT'S ON

BUT NO ONE'S HOME

CHECK MY HEARTBEA RACING AT THE SPEED OF LIGH PERCOCET OR VICODIN

WILL SET YOU FREE TONIGH [ applause ]

THANK YOU.

WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY.

FOR AMERICAN SENIORS. A STRONG

AND MODERN MEDICARE STARTS

TODAY.

IT TOOK A LOT OF WORK TO GET US

HERE. AND IT TOOK THE LEADERSHIP

OF PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.

[ applause ]

LAW ENFORCEMENT NOW.

AFTER 9/11. IS LOCKING DOWN THE

BORDERS AND FOCUSING ON

TERRORISM.

BUT WHEN YOU LOCK DOWN THE

BORDERS. WHAT'S NOT GETTING IN?

ALL OF THE ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES

THAT WERE COMING IN FROM OUT OF

STATE ARE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED.

SO LOOK AT THE STATISTICS.

AFTER 9/11. IT LOOKED LIKE WE

WERE WINNING THE WAR ON DRUGS.

BUT THE PROBLEM IS. NO ONE

ADDRESSED THE DRUG SEEKING

BEHAVIOR.

THE SUPPLY WAS REDUCED OF YOUR

STREET LEVEL DRUG. BUT THE

DEMAND WAS STILL THERE FOR THE

MISUSE OF DRUGS.

WHITNEY HOUSTON WAS

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Sasha Knezev

Sasha Knezev (Serbian Cyrillic: Саша Кнежев), is a Serbian American filmmaker and author. He has written, produced and directed feature films, short films, commercials, and has authored a book on Eastern European film titled Through the Western Lens. Knezev is the son of Serbian immigrants from Šabac, Serbia, a cultural and iconic city in the former Yugoslavia that was a breeding ground for artists, musicians and writers. Knezev's grandfather Milan was a theatrical actor, his father a singer and mother an art and set-designer. Born in Los Angeles, Knezev grew up in San Pedro, Los Angeles, a tough blue-collar town within Los Angeles County where many emigrants from the former Yugoslavia settled. Though San Pedro is mostly Croatian, at the time of Knezev's upbringing his generation simply referred to themselves as "Yugoslavs". The Port of Los Angeles served as a setting for many of Knezev's character while a young writer. Knezev attended the School of Cinematic Arts with a BA and MA in Critical Studies, with an emphasis in Eastern European Cinema and American Modernity films of the 1970s. more…

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