Heroin: Cape Cod, USA follows the life of eight young addicts. Two of the young women in the film, Marissa and Arianna, died from overdoses during the making of the film.
Heroin addiction is an epidemic that has swept across the South Shore and is taking the lives of many. According to HBO there has been more than 1,250 deaths from heroin overdose in Massachusetts since 2014.
Opiate addiction has taken the lives of many young adults across all of Massachusetts. According to HBO around 80 percent of addicts first became addicted after being prescribed painkillers after an accident. These addictions grow so strong that addicts feel the need to get an even stronger high with heroin. With marijuana becoming legalized in more and more states, the Mexican drug cartel has been replacing it with cheap strong heroin.
Heroin: Cape Cod, USA follows townspeople who openly talk about their addiction. This documentary allows viewers to see the harsh reality of heroin. The beautiful views of Falmouth and the beach are ruined by seeing the bursting veins and sharp needles.
This investigation also follows the lives of parents whose children are addicts.. It takes the viewer through a meeting at the Parents Supporting Parents Group of Cape Cod. Parents describe what it is like raising a child with addiction.
Allowing parents to talk with others who are going through the same thing makes it just a little easier for them to cope. It is very hard for these parents to try and support their children. Many of the addicts in the documentary directly admit they take the money their parents give them and use it to buy drugs. Parents do not want to feed their child’s addiction, but they still feel the need to support them by giving their children money.
This documentary is very strong but real. It is very necessary to be aware and cautious of what is happening to people all around Massachusetts. By watching this the audience is able to get a glimpse of the life of an addict. Through the documentary the audience see death, loss and relapse.
It is important for people to see how disgusting and controlling this drug really is. There is no escaping the consequences of heroin. It is a killer.
While watching the documentary the viewer is unsure of what is going to happen, who is going to survive. While watching the documentary you become a part of their life, as if you are living through the struggle with them.
Warning: the documentary is very real and does show the addicts injecting heroin, which may be too much for some to handle.